At Least 49 Including Many Children Killed in Syrian Air Strike on Aleppo

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A civil defense official removes the rubble from the site of a civil defense center that was destroyed in a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo on August 12. Reuters.
A civil defense official removes the rubble from the site of a civil defense center that was destroyed in a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo on August 12. Reuters.

Associated Press

BEIRUT — Syrian activists and state media say at least 49 civilians, among them 5 children, have been killed on Saturday in Syria’s contested Aleppo province as rebels and government forces traded indiscriminate fire across the region.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday that government airstrikes and shelling on opposition areas in the provincial capital, Aleppo city, and surrounding countryside killed 40 civilians. The Local Coordination Committees activist network put the toll in opposition areas at 45 dead.

State media and the Observatory say rebel shelling on government-held districts of Aleppo city killed 9 civilians, among them 2 children. State media said another 22 were injured.

Rebels and pro-government forces are battling for control of the northern metropolis, once Syria’s largest city and its commercial capital.

 

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