Syrian civilians walk for safety amidst dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.(AFP PHOTO/AMC/FADI AL-HALABI)
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Syrian government shelling killed at least 16 people Friday in a rebel-held area of the city of Aleppo, activists and a monitoring group said, while crude "barrel bombs" dropped by helicopter struck targets throughout the country.The Aleppo Media Center, another activist group, also provided a similar report, while a third activist group said that a total of 26 rockets and barrel bombs had struck parts of the city by mid-afternoon.The Observatory said barrel bombs were dropped on the neighborhoods of Zabdieh and Shaar in Aleppo, killing five people. Thursday's nationwide death toll stood at 222 people, of whom 157 were regime troops, fighters from various rebel groups, and Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.The Observatory said that regime-versus-rebel clashes were heavy in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the rural Damascus town of Zabadani, areas of rural Hama, the province of Deir al-Zor.
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