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Watchdog: Air raids kill 13 in rebel area of Aleppo
Published Tuesday 17/12/2013 15:06
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Syrians look at the bomb damage allegedly caused by pro-government
forces in a neighborhood held by rebel forces in the northern city of
Aleppo on Dec. 16, 2013 (AFP/Mohammed Al-Khatieb)
BEIRUT (AFP) -- Two children were among at least 13 people killed in new air strikes on a rebel-held district of Syria's main northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, a watchdog said.

It was the third straight day of air raids on the eastern Shaar neighborhood of the city, Syria's commercial hub before a rebel offensive in July last year made it a key battleground in the conflict which erupted in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A woman was also among the dead, the Britain-based watchdog said.

The new raids came after air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Sunday killed 76 people, among them 28 children. Strikes on Monday killed a further 10 civilians, among them four children.

The Syrian air force has been dropping barrels of explosives on rebel-held areas in its bombing campaign, which has been carried out by helicopter as well as fixed-wing aircraft, activists and the Observatory say.

A Syrian security official said the military prefers the TNT-packed barrels because they are cheaper than regular bombs, which need to be imported from Russia.

The Syrian conflict, which began as peaceful protests in March 2011 but developed into a civil war, has killed more than 120,000 people and prompted millions to flee their homes.
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