Airstrikes target Syrian city of Aleppo after weeks reduced bombings

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(CNN) — Warplanes carried out heavy airstrikes on multiple neighborhoods in rebel-held east Aleppo Tuesday after nearly three weeks of reduced bombardment, killing at least one person, according to an activist with the Aleppo Media Center.

One woman was killed and five people injured by a barrel bomb dropped by a helicopter, the activist told CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh. Loud blasts could be heard in the background.

The warplanes dropped high explosive parachute bombs on the al-Haydariyeh and Masaken Hanano neighborhoods in besieged eastern Aleppo, according to the activist. Airstrikes with high-explosive munitions also hit the neighborhoods of al-Salehin, Qadi Askar and Qaterji.

Bebars Meshaal, a White Helmets officer in the city, told CNN that airstrikes were ongoing.

The resumption of the heavy bombardment came after a nearly three-week lull in airstrikes on the area by Syrian and Russian aircraft, following a moratorium announced by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Fierce clashes have continued on the front lines of the battle for Aleppo, however, with artillery shelling causing casualties in both the rebel-held and government-held parts of the divided city.

A flotilla of Russian naval vessels, including the aircraft carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, arrived off of Syria’s coast on Monday.

On Sunday, residents in the east of the city received mass text messages from the government warning them to leave within 24 hours ahead of a major assault.

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