Middle East

Air raid kills at least 5 in northwestern Syria

A Syrian refugee boy cries as he attends the funeral of five Free Syrian Army fighters, killed by Syrian security forces near the Idlib province of Syria, in Yayladagi in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border, in this August 4, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

BEIRUT: Activists say a makeshift bomb dropped from a Syrian government helicopter has killed at least five people, including two children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory says the air raid took place Saturday in the town of Sarmeen in the northwestern province of Idlib. It says the number of casualties is expected to rise.

The Observatory obtains its information from a network of activists on the ground.

The Local Coordination Committees activist group and the pro-rebel Shahba Press Agency also reported the airstrike, but provided higher death tolls. It's common to have conflicting death tolls in the immediate aftermath of bombings.

Activists say the airstrike occurred amid clashes in the area between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.





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