Air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill almost 2,000 in 2014

May 30, 2014 12:10 pm
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Syrian civilians carry a wounded woman following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian pro-government forces in Aleppo's Sakhur district/AFP
Syrian civilians carry a wounded woman following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian pro-government forces in Aleppo’s Sakhur district/AFP

, BEIRUT, May 30- Barrel bombings and other Syrian government air raids on rebel districts of Aleppo and surrounding areas have killed 1,963 civilians since January, including 567 children, a monitoring group said Friday.

A total of 283 women were also among those confirmed killed in the air strikes, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which relies on a network of medics and activists on the ground for its reports.

The Britain based monitoring group said the victims it documented were killed between January 1 and Thursday night in rebel held areas of the northern city and the surrounding countryside.

Control of Aleppo, Syria’s former commercial hub, has been divided since a rebel offensive in 2012.

Government aircraft launched a bombing campaign against rebel held districts in the east in mid December, frequently dropping shrapnel-packed barrel bombs.

The use of the munitions — which are unguided and cannot be directed against military targets — has been condemned by the international community and human rights groups.

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