Syrian forces kill 25 in Aleppo barrel bomb attack
A Syrian man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood on December 17, 2013. [AFP]
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A Syrian government airstrike dropped explosive-packed barrels on a rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens, according to Reuters.
Earlier, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said that those killed include two children, a teenager, a woman and a media activist, according to Agence France-Presse.
The death toll is likely to rise as dozens more were wounded in the attack, the Observatory said.
The airstrike, which hit a crowded vegetable market in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood in northern Aleppo took place around 10 a.m. local time.
Another activist network. the Syrian Revolution General Commission, labeled the incident as a “massacre.”
“The raid targeted a crowded market where people were buying vegetables and home appliances,” the Commission said.
“Many buildings have been damaged, and one collapsed,” it added.
Other airstrikes were reported in several opposition-held areas of Aleppo, although there were no reports on the number of casualties.
Aleppo, Syria's largest city, has been a major front in the country's civil war since rebels launched an offensive there in mid-2012.
Since then, the city has been heavily damaged in clashes that have left it divided into rebel- and government-controlled areas.