Syria: Dozens killed in government air strikes

    Syria: Dozens killed in government air strikes

    June 5, Aleppo: At least 29 people, including children, have been killed in government airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo city, according to residents and a monitoring group.

    Dozens of barrel bombs - oil drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel- were dropped by military helicopters on the heavily populated al-Qatriji neighbourhood, said the Syrian Observatory for Human rights.

    The monitoring group also added that at least nine civilians were killed and scores injured.

    At least 40 air strikes hit the rebel-held areas on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, the Syrian Civil Defence have said.

    Rebels also hit government-held parts of Aleppo in what Syrian media said was an escalation in mortar attacks on the western parts of the country's largest city before the war, media reports said.

    State media said missiles fired on Hamadaniyah and the Midan areas by rebels left scores injured and several casualties in a second day of intense shelling of government held areas.

    The Observatory also said that since May 31, at least 74 people were killed in air strikes

    The Oslo Times


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