Syrian regime air strikes kill 35 in Aleppo

Barrel bombs dropped by Syrian regime warplane on northern province of Aleppo kill at least 35

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Seven barrel bombs were dropped on Monday in the northern province of Aleppo in the city of Al Bab held by ISIS, killing at least 35 people and wounding another 50, according to local medical sources.

The attacks targeted three areas of the city, including a fuel market.

“The 35 casualties include 15 unidentified persons whose bodies were burnt beyond recognition due to the severity of the explosion,” an Aleppo-based medical source, who works for Ambulances Sans Frontiers, a Syrian NGO, told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

The Syrian regime helicopters usually drop barrel bombs on crowded civilian areas. Barrel bombs typically consist of barrels filled with combustible material and shrapnel.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), as of June 30 at least 19,205 air strikes were carried out by regime air forces this year.

The regime helicopters dropped at least 10,433 barrel bombs on different areas in Syria, killing more than 2,916 civilians, including 456 women and 665 children, while 18,000 other civilians were wounded and tens of thousands displaced.

According to UN estimates, more than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war which began  as an uprising and descended later into a complex civil war. More than 6.7 million people have fled the country while millions have been displaced internally.

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