Barrel bombing kills 10 civilians in Aleppo towns

At least 10 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded after regime forces dropped barrel bombs on two Aleppo towns

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 10 civilians were killed as dozens more were wounded after forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al Assad dropped barrel bombs on two towns in the province of Aleppo on Saturday.

Civil defense officials from the Syrian opposition told Anadolu Agency that that the barrel bombs were dropped on the towns of Tal Rifaat and Marii.

The bombs were dropped from regime helicopters, with the deaths being reported from Tal Rifaat.

The Assad regime has come under fire from the international community for its use of barrel bombs on civilian inhabited residential areas.

Barrel bombs are made from crude oil barrels filled with explosives and shrapnel such as screws, nails and marbles aimed at causing fatal injuries to those in the vicinity after making contact with the ground. They have reportedly been occasionally filled with chlorine gas to create lingering effects.

The Assad regime denies using the devices, with President Bashar al Assad going as far as to claim that the oil producing country of Syria does not have “any barrels” despite UN reports presenting visual evidence depicting the practice.

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