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Syria airstrike on Aleppo kills 10: Activists

A man runs as he carries a child who survived from what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ferdaws in Aleppo January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

BEIRUT: At least 10 people were killed in a regime airstrike on Tuesday targeting an opposition-held neighborhood of Aleppo in northern Syria, activists said.

"An airstrike hit the area of a bus station... in Jisr al-Hajj," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, whose director told AFP that "we have documented 10 deaths".

The Observatory distributed amateur video footage showing a huge fire in the area, located in the westernmost part of Aleppo city.

Warplanes also targeted the Ansari neighbourhood farther east, the Observatory said.

Once Syria's commercial capital, Aleppo has been wracked by violence since a massive rebel assault in July 2012.

Then on December 15 last year, the air force unleashed a brutal air offensive that has killed hundreds of people, mostly civilians, according to the Observatory.

Aleppo-based citizen journalist Mohammed al-Khatieb told AFP via Skype: "Today's attack is part of that assault.

"There has been aerial bombing every day since December 15, except for the days when visibility was poor because of the weather."

Khatieb also said the bodies of Tuesday's dead had been "scorched".

Another video distributed by the Observatory showed a man, reportedly in Ansari district, running with a wounded child in his arms from a damaged building to a pick-up truck.

The child has a visible head wound, with blood on his face that is also covered in dust from the rubble.

More than 130,000 people have been killed in Syria's nearly three-year war, the Observatory estimates, and millions more have been forced to flee their homes.

 

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