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Syria and the UN have struck a deal for aiding besieged areas of Homs, officials said Thursday, as more than 250 people have reportedly died in six days of barrel-bomb attacks on Aleppo.Also in northern Syria, clashes between rebels and troops raged inside Aleppo's central prison, after Islamist fighters assaulted it and freed hundreds of prisoners. Rebel-held districts there have also come under nearly daily shelling since the army blockaded them in June 2012 .In Aleppo, meanwhile, the Observatory said more than 250 people have been killed by regime barrel bomb attacks, as a coalition of rebels announced a new military operation in the province.The announcement comes as the army seeks to take territory in the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo city.These attacks have killed at least 257 people, including 76 children, and wounded hundreds more since Saturday, the Observatory said.The UN Security Council heard that Syria must step up the pace to meet deadlines in destroying its chemical arsenal.
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