Rebel fighters aim a heavy machine gun at a government helicopter flying over the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 29, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB)
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Government airstrikes and helicopters dropping crude "barrel bombs" returned with a vengeance Wednesday in Aleppo and elsewhere throughout Syria, killing 13 people in the northern city, activists and a monitoring group said.Four people were killed by a helicopter strike in the village of Aisheh in Hama, the Observatory added.The Observatory said at least 1,565 people had been killed in the clashes, including 206 civilians, 878 rebels and Islamist fighters, and 459 ISIS forces.The Observatory said that ISIS meanwhile seized two small villages in Aleppo and killed at least six rebels in fighting for the village of Rai, near the city of Al-Bab. The rebels and the jihadists also squared off in the town of Hreitan in Aleppo, where, according to the Observatory, regime helicopters targeted the area with barrel bombs.
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