A man is comforted as he mourns the death of a relative, after what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces at al-Sakhour neighbourhood of Aleppo, February 3, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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The Syrian government extended its intense aerial campaign against rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo Monday, conducting a series of airstrikes that killed at least 26 people, including 11 children, activists said.January, according to the Observatory, saw 5,794 casualties. It said a total of 3,013 non-jihadist rebels and civilians perished, a figure that included 358 children and 225 women. The Observatory said that 923 regime troops and 502 Syrian paramilitaries lost their lives, in addition to 52 non-Syrian Shiite paramilitaries, and nine fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah.The Observatory said a total of 1,251 jihadist fighters were killed, from two groups: the Nusra Front and ISIS.
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