west Aleppo provinceSeptember 17, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-9-17-15/Regime warplanes killed and wounded dozens in rebel-held west Aleppo on Wednesday in response to the indiscriminate shelling of regime-held neighborhoods earlier this week, Bassel Abu Hamza, an Aleppo-based journalist, told Syria Direct on Thursday. “The regime is avenging a series of defeats across Aleppo in the last few days–it’s lost a huge number of fighters,” explained Abu Hamza. “The regime is also retaliating against the random rebel shelling of regime-held Akramia and al-Hamdania [4km southwest of the Citadel] on Tuesday, which killed and wounded dozens of civilians,” the journalist said. Regime warplanes struck three west Aleppo neighborhoods that lie on the battle lines between rebel and regime forces, all within 2km of the Aleppo Citadel, a medieval castle now serving as a regime fortress. Thirty-six people were killed in the west Aleppo attacks, Ibrahim al-Haaj, a journalist with the Aleppo Civil Defense Forces media desk, told Syria Direct on Thursday. “We’re still pulling bodies from out of the rubble, so we expect the body count to rise,” he added. The random rebel shelling of regime-held New Aleppo [a suburb on the western edge of Aleppo], Akramia and al-Hamdania killed some 35 people and wounded 150, including at least 14 children, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday.