Death toll in Sheikh Maqsoud rises to 16

After the collapse of a residential building in Sheikh Maqsoud, the death toll has risen to 16.

After the collapse of a residential building in the self-governing neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsoud (Şêxmeqsûd) neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. 

After initial reports of seven fatalities, eight more victims were recovered from the rubble, reported the People's Council of the neighbourhood. One resident, who had been recovered injured earlier, succumbed to his serious injuries in a hospital. Two other people are still being treated. Meanwhile, the rescue work continues.

In the five-storey building, water probably leaked and ran into the foundation, it was said when asked about the possible cause of the collapse. According to the People's Council, at least 30 people from five families were living in the house, the youngest victim being an infant born twenty days ago to a family displaced from Afrin's Jindires district. Rescue workers were able to recover a 15-year-old boy alive. Medical sources say the death toll is likely to rise.

The predominantly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in northern Aleppo is semi-autonomous and is administered by a civil administration. Many people from Afrin, who were displaced by Turkey's invasion five years ago, live in the neighbourhood.

Sheikh Maqsoud and and the also self-governing neighbourhood of Ashrafiyah (Eşrefiyê) are a thorn in the side of the Assad regime, which controls the rest of Aleppo. For five years, the two neighbourhoods have been blockaded and the import of essential goods has been hindered. In August 2022, the embargo was tightened and no fuel, flour or medicines now enter the neighbourhoods. The blockade has already claimed several lives.