Workers repair electrical grids as civilians walk past buildings damaged by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by regime force in Aleppo. REUTERS/Hosam Katan
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A new campaign is urging the U.S. government to share radar information with Syrian aid workers on incoming barrel bomb attacks, in an attempt to save the lives of civilians, the principal victims of such weapons. The U.N. passed a resolution condemning the use of barrel bombs exactly one year ago, but the crude and indiscriminate weapons – oil drums filled with explosives and shrapnel which are rolled out of helicopters – have since killed over 6,000 civilians, nearly a third of those children, according to a new report out this week from the Syrian Network for Human Rights.The report this week from the Syrian Network for Human Rights says that in total, barrel bombs have claimed over 12,000 lives, and that 50 percent of those victims were women and children.
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