Syrians reacts as they stand in the rubble following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 18, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ALEPPO MEDIA CENTRE / FADI AL-HALABI)
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A "barrel bomb" strike near a school in Deraa killed at least 18 people Tuesday as the crude devices rained down on several other parts of the country.Fighting between regime troops and rebels also took place in several parts of Deraa province, while barrel bombs struck the villages of Al-Jiza and Yaadouda, the Observatory said.The Observatory said both regime troops and rebels suffered casualties during clashes in Aleppo – pro-opposition sources said rebels had retaken the suburb of Sheikh Najjar, which was seized by the regime over the weekend, while the Observatory said it wasn't clear who controlled the area, and that fierce clashes took place around Safira, southeast of Aleppo.Regime troops backed by Hezbollah fighters continued their shelling campaign against the town of Yabroud, near the border with Lebanon, as several airstrikes also targeted the area, killing a rebel commander, the Observatory said.
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