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US condemns air assault by Syrian government


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is condemning the ongoing air assault by the Syrian government on civilians in the rebel-held northern part of the country. Press Secretary Jay Carney says the Syrian government must respect international humanitarian law and protect the civilian population.

Carney said in a statement released Monday that the attacks over the weekend have killed more than 300 people, many of them children. He said it's imperative that Syrians reach a comprehensive political solution to end the Syrian crisis. And he said the government must do more to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance urgently needed by the Syrian people.

Government forces widened their bombing campaign on the city of Aleppo and surrounding areas, using powerful but often inaccurate "barrel bombs."

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