Men walk on rubble past damaged vehicles at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Shaar district February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Saad Abobrahim
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The bombing -- one of at least seven such attacks in Aleppo on Tuesday -- struck a mosque that was being used as a school, killing at least 11 people, activists said.Since Thursday, around 80 people have been killed by barrel bombs used by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces to try to dislodge rebels from Aleppo, according to figures provided by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground.The use of barrel bombs across Syria has been widely condemned by human rights groups because the weapons' indiscriminate nature.Far from the battlegrounds in Syria, Assad's chief ally, Russia, expressed confidence that the government would return to the U.N.-hosted peace talks in Geneva that began in January after three years of war.
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