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Air raids on Aleppo kill over 40 in 24 hours: NGO

  • A man stands on a damaged building at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

BEIRUT: The death toll from Syrian air raids on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo has topped 40 over a 24-hour period, an activist group said Wednesday.

Barrel bombs killed 22 people Tuesday in the eastern districts of Hay Qataneh, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr, Bani Zeid, Mghayer and Lairamoun, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another 21 people died Wednesday in another wave of barrel bomb strikes on Mghayer, said the Britain-based group, which compiles its information from a network of medics and opposition activists on the ground.

Nine children figured among the dead, the Observatory added, warning that the toll could rise because "many people are in serious condition and there must bodies under the rubble".

 
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