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Syrian Helicopter Bomb Raids Kill 42 In Aleppo: Monitors

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December 22, 2013 AT 8:02 AM
At least 42 people, including children, were killed when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said separate air raids hit several districts in Aleppo, but the biggest toll was in Hanano, east of the city. At least six children were among the dead. Human Rights Watch said in a report over the weekend that barrel bomb attacks had killed scores of civilians in Aleppo in the last month. It described the attacks as illegal and said they had hit residential and shopping areas.