At least 18 civilians killed in Syrian strike near Aleppo

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A Syrian woman and youths, one of them carrying a wounded baby, flee the site of a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – At least 18 people were killed and dozens others wounded after the Syrian regime helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on al-Bab city east of Aleppo, northern Syria, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Media sources in the eastern countryside of Aleppo confirmed that pro-Assad helicopters dropped four barrel bombs on the village of Qasr al-Bureij in al-Bab countryside.

The attack caused the death of more than 18 people and the injury of dozens others, mostly children.

Opposition activists accused the Syrian regime of deliberately committing “massacres” in al-Bab by bombarding populated neighborhoods with barrel bombs.

Al-Bab city has been under the control of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) for more than two years.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Hussam Halabiya said: “Syrian regime’s forces deliberately bomb residential neighborhoods and commit massacres in al-Bab.

“IS headquarters could be easily seen and targeted by Syrian air force. However, they intend to hit residential neighborhoods,” he said.

Meanwhile, local activists reported that battles are still ongoing between Syrian rebel fighters and IS militants in Aleppo’s northern countryside.

Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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