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Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition in Aleppo

In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a firefighter hoses down burning vehicles after a Syrian aircraft pummeled masaken hanano, an opposition neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Syrian aircraft pummeled an opposition neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing scores and extending the government's furious aerial bombardment of the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive day. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition in Aleppo

More than 300 people have been killed in a week of air raids on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby towns by President Bashar al-Assad's forces, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Many of the casualties, who included scores of women and children, were killed by so-called barrel bombs dropped from helicopters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian authorities say they are battling rebels who have controlled parts of Aleppo, Syria's biggest city, and most of the surrounding countryside for the past 18 months.

But human rights group have condemned the use of the improvised bombs - oil drums or cylinders which are packed with explosives and metal fragments, often rolled out of the aircraft cargo bay - as an indiscriminate form of bombardment. (Reuters)

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