Early on Sunday, a building collapsed in a district of Aleppo, a city in northern Syria, killing at least 16 people, including one child, and injuring four more, according to official media.
The neighborhood of Sheikh Maksoud is under the authority of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which the United States supports.
The five-story structure there house roughly 30 people. The report claims that it collapsed overnight due to water leaks weakening the foundation of the building.
With drills and a bulldozer, dozens of firefighters, emergency personnel, and locals covered in dust and debris searched through the wreckage for the remaining occupants.
While others grieved at the door of a local hospital as the bodies arrived in ambulances and on the backs of trucks, other relatives of the tenants waited nervously.
The semiautonomous Kurdish areas of Syria’s Hawar News agency first stated that seven people had died and three others, including two severely injured, had been hurt.
Syria’s 11-year conflict, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and uprooted half of the 23 million people who lived there before the war, has damaged or destroyed many buildings in Aleppo.
Sheikh Maksoud is one of the areas that Kurdish forces have authority over in Aleppo, even though the Syrian government led by President Bashar Assad has retaken the city from armed opposition groups.
Syria’s largest city and former commercial hub are Aleppo.
At least 17 killed, including children, as a five-storey building collapses in the Sheikh Maqsood neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. According to pro-regime sources, the cause of the collapse was "water leaking into the foundation of the building" pic.twitter.com/hqWc799Xxc
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