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The top United Nations human rights official said Friday that the siege and bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo constituted 'crimes of historic proportions.' Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and the current U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, referred to Aleppo as 'a slaughterhouse.' The UNHCR warned in August that at least 250,000 civilians have been trapped in the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo since early July. In the last week of September alone, UNICEF reported that 96 children in Aleppo were killed in attacks, and 223 children were injured.
NBC's Richard Engel reports for TODAY that fighting may intensify once soldiers reach built-up areas inside the city.
Local Kurdish television channel Rudaw aired footage showing black smoke rising over the city as extended bursts of automatic gunfire rang out.
Late autumn storms drenched central Pennsylvania, knocking out power and forcing drivers to seek cover.
Militants came under fire from Kurdish forces after seizing a building in the northern Iraqi city.