Middle East

Couple, four children killed in Syria air raids: activist

Children play on and near a Free Syrian Army tank in Mount Azzan, southern Aleppo countryside, June 4, 2014. Picture taken June 4. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIRUT: A couple and their four children, the youngest just 6months old, were killed Sunday in Syrian army air raids in the northern province of Aleppo, an activist said.

"An entire family was killed in air raids in Tal Rifaat in the north of Aleppo province," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The parents and their children, aged 10, 6, 2 and 6 months, were all killed," in the strikes targeting the rebel-held town.

"[President] Bashar Assad says he wants to kill terrorists. Is a 6-month-old baby a terrorist?" asked Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

More than 2,000 civilians have been killed since January in a regime aerial campaign targeting Aleppo province, most of which is under rebel control.

Aleppo city, the country's prewar commercial capital, has been divided between rebel and regime control since shortly after fighting began there in mid-2012.

The campaign has included frequent attacks with explosives-packed barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, a tactic rights groups condemn as indiscriminate.





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