Government airstrikes kill 40 in Aleppo, Syria
1 May 2014
By Raja Abdulrahim, Patrick J. McDonnell
At least 40 people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday when government forces dropped barrel bombs on a busy market, according to opposition activists.
The bombs, dropped in quick succession from several military helicopters, tore through the market at a time of day when residents of the war-torn city crowd the remaining commercial areas. Activists at the scene disagreed on the number of bombs dropped.
Dozens of people were wounded.
Video from the scene showed vegetable stalls blown apart and rubble from two destroyed buildings scattered along the street.
Barrel bombs, oil drums filled with TNT, are crude and highly destructive weapons that have been used extensively against opposition-held parts of Aleppo for more than four months.
The blasts came a day after activists reported more than two dozen people killed when a warplane fired a missile at an Aleppo elementary school during a children’s art exhibit. Most of the dead were students. More...
|Market bombed in North East Aleppo | 1 May 2014|
#Aleppo. Nothing serious. Just the charred remains of a market dweller incinerated by #Assad barrel bomb. 5/1/14 pic.twitter.com/KNKLddCGA2
— Soury Rakhees (@SouryRakhees) May 2, 2014
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