Barrel bombs in Syrian city kill dozens of civilians

Feb 02, 2014, 11:26 PM EST
An opposition fighter aims fire as others run for cover while they hold a position behind burning tyres in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013.
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says about 90 people - most of them civilians - died when helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Saturday. Aleppo has been the focus of bitter fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels. Meanwhile militants linked to al-Qaeda are reported to have killed the leader of a rival Islamist militia there. Fighters from the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) killed Adnan Bakkour during a raid on the base of rivals, the Tawheed Brigades, according to SOHR, a UK-based group that monitors the conflict.

 

Background:

Syria barrel bombs 'kill dozens of civilians' in Aleppo [BBC]

90 killed in punishing air raids in Syria's Aleppo [CNN]

Syria hits areas held by rebels in Aleppo [NYT]

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