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Activists: Syrian aircraft bomb Aleppo, kills 11

A young Syrian journalist carries a camera and a gun to protect himself, notably from kidnappings, on February 9, 2014 in a street in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. AFP PHOTO / ALEPPO MEDIA CENTRE/ MOHAMMED WESAM

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say government aircraft have dropped barrel bombs on the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 11 people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the makeshift bombs were dropped on two rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Sunday afternoon. A child and a woman are among those who died, the Observatory said.

Sunday's attacks are part of a weeks-long campaign by President Bashar Assad's forces to wrest control of Aleppo, parts of which were seized by rebels in mid-2012.

Barrel bombs are containers that have been packed with hundreds of kilograms (pounds) of explosives. They are loaded onto Syrian military helicopters and pushed out of the rear door.

 

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