People walk through the rubble following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 13, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/BARAA AL-HALABI)
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Government shelling and airstrikes with makeshift "barrel bombs" have killed approximately 400 people in the city of Aleppo so far this month, activists said Thursday, as regime troops kept up their offensive against the town of Yabroud near the border with Lebanon.The Observatory said that raised the total killed in the city to some 400 since the beginning of this month.Rebel groups have announced several new offensives in recent days in various parts of the country, such as the province of Idlib, where five rebels from Islamist militias and the Nusra Front were killed in fighting with regime troops on the outskirts of the province's capital city, according to the Observatory.Regime troops and paramilitaries squared off against the Nusra Front and Islamist militias on the outskirts of the city of Hassakeh, in northeastern Syria. In the northern part of Hama province, the commander of a local Islamist militia was killed and five rebels were wounded in an ambush by government troops, the Observatory said.
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