Death toll in Syrian bombing raid on Aleppo rises to 76: monitor

BEIRUT Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:34am EST

1 of 4. Residents look for survivors at a damaged site after what activists said was an air strike from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Takeek Al-Bab area of Aleppo, December 15, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Seventy-six people, including 28 children, were killed on Sunday when Syrian army helicopters dropped "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

Barrel bombs are explosive-filled cylinders or oil barrels, often rolled out of the back of helicopters with little attempt at striking a particular target but capable of causing widespread casualties and significant damage.

The Britain-based Observatory said that rebel groups in Aleppo issued a statement asking civilians in government-held parts of the city to move away from state security buildings, which they said would be targeted in retaliation for the bombings.

President Bashar al-Assad's forces, battling rebels in a 2-1/2 year conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people, frequently deploy air power and artillery against rebel-held districts across the country.

They have been unable to recapture eastern and central parts of Aleppo, which rebels stormed in the summer of 2012, but they have driven rebel fighters back from towns to the southeast of the city in recent weeks.

The conflict has grown sectarian, with majority Sunni rebels battling Assad's own Alawite sect and Shi'ite militia.

The Observatory - which has a network of opposition, pro-government and medical sources - also said on Monday that rebels in northern Aleppo province were threatening to strike two Shi'ite villages they have surrounded with missiles if barrel bombs were used again by the army.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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Comments (5)
kenradke11 wrote:
This is pathetic! How can this be allowed to continue until January 22?
It’s beyond my reasoning that the world body is allowing this to go on. God have mercy on all the victims of this hideous vermin Bashar Al Assad!! I hope and pray that God will have his hand in the destruction
of this Government! My heart goes out to all the innocent victims of the unjust war. May God give wisdom to the legitiment opposition battling to overthrow the Syrian regime.

Dec 16, 2013 5:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Motorniczy wrote:
Apathy, egoism of the world is unbelievable. There is no end to the suffering of Syrians. It seems the FSA is disappearing, now the religious extremists are the main force against Bashar -monsters against a monster. Poor Syria

Dec 16, 2013 10:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
JackHerer wrote:
What kind of government murders its own people like this? It’s truly sickening the depths which Assad’s regime will sink to.

And Russia, who blindly backs and defends this tyrant, even arming him to the teeth so he can commit atrocities such as these? Russia’s morals are clearly non-existent.

The world is most definitely not a nice place when we kowtow to Putin.

Online apologists for these inhuman dictators should hang their heads in shame. Those people have the blood of these poor, innocent murdered children on their hands too.

Dec 16, 2013 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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