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Syria barrel bomb raids on Aleppo kill 20: activists
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A man stands next to debris in the road following a reported Syrian government forces air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on February 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/AMC/MOHAMMED WESAM
A man stands next to debris in the road following a reported Syrian government forces air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on February 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/AMC/MOHAMMED WESAM
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BEIRUT: New aerial bombardment from explosives-packed barrel bombs in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The raids came as in the oil-rich east, the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and allied Islamist rebel groups launched a new offensive against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The Observatory said 20 people including two children were killed in separate barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo's eastern rebel-held neighbourhoods.

Hundreds of people have been killed in several waves of barrel bomb assaults, each lasting several days, since December 15, the Britain-based group says.

Thousands of people have fled the areas being targeted.

The raids come as government forces press an advance into the east and north of Aleppo city, large swathes of which fell to the opposition after a massive rebel offensive in July 2012.

Rights groups have condemned the regime's use of barrel bombs as indiscriminate.

On Saturday, helicopters also dropped barrel bombs on Daraya, a rebel bastion southwest of Damascus, which has been under siege for more than a year.

In a separate development, Al-Nusra Front and rebel brigades including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham launched a new offensive in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor against their erstwhile ally ISIL, the Observatory said.

While ISIL was once welcomed by rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad, abuses by the group turned much of the opposition against them.

Saturday's offensive comes just over a month after three massive rebel alliances declared war against ISIL in much of the north.

Both Al-Nusra and ISIL grew out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but have split in Syria.

More than 1,800 people, mostly fighters, died in January fighting between rebels and ISIL in northern Syria.

Saturday's clashes come a day after ISIL took over several rival rebel bases in Hasakeh province north of Deir Ezzor.

Both Deir Ezzor and Hasakeh are strategic because they lie on Syria's border with Iraq.

Deir Ezzor is a key conduit for ISIL to send weapons and fighters from Iraq into Syria.

 
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New aerial bombardment from explosives-packed barrel bombs in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said 20 people including two children were killed in separate barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo's eastern rebel-held neighbourhoods.

Saturday's offensive comes just over a month after three massive rebel alliances declared war against ISIL in much of the north.

More than 1,800 people, mostly fighters, died in January fighting between rebels and ISIL in northern Syria.
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