Middle East

Syrian family among 10 killed in Aleppo air raid

Men carry a wounded woman at a site hit by what activists said was a missile fired by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Aleppo's Bab al-Nairab district August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rami Zayat

ALEPPO, Syria: Syrian regime forces dumped barrel bombs Monday on a rebel-held area of Aleppo killing 10 civilians, including a family of four, an anti-regime monitoring group said.

An AFP correspondent who later toured the area said the raids also caused heavy destruction in Bab al-Neirab neighborhood in the old district of Aleppo.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group, said five barrel bombs were dropped on the district, killing 10 civilians, including a man, his wife and their two children, as well as three other children and a woman.

The raids inflicted heavy damage to buildings in Bab al-Nairab where volunteers were sifting through mounds of blood-stained debris to search for survivors, the AFP correspondent said.

“We are hearing voices but we cannot locate them because of the destruction,” a rescuer said.

Residents and the Observatory Saturday reported that 16 people were killed when a regime helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on another rebel-held area of Aleppo. Residents said they had found children “torn apart” from the force of the attack.

The regime has pressed on with its barrel bomb campaign despite a U.N. resolution on Feb. 22 banning their indiscriminate use in populated areas.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 12, 2014, on page 8.




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