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At least 14 people - including children - killed in two separate strikes in Syria

Published 11/10/2016 | 15:44

A house on fire in Aleppo (Doctors Without Borders/AP)
A house on fire in Aleppo (Doctors Without Borders/AP)

Air strikes on rebel-held parts of the besieged city of Aleppo killed at least eight people on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, shelling of a government-held neighbourhood in a southern Syrian city hit a school, killing at least six people, including children, according to activists and state media.

A general view over Aleppo, Syria (AP)
A general view over Aleppo, Syria (AP)
People that fled Islamic State contolled areas travel on the back of a vehicle in al-Rai town, in the northern Aleppo countryside

The northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest and its former commercial cent re, has witnessed fierce fighting in recent months with government forces and their allies trying to capture neighbourhoods in besieged opposition-held parts of the city.

The activist-operated Aleppo Today TV station and Qasioun news agency said bunker-busting bombs were used in an attack on the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Other activist groups and a member of the Aleppo local council, Zakaria Amino, said the death toll is likely to rise above eight, with rescue workers still searching for people under the rubble. He said bombs fell in a number of other rebel-held neighbourhoods.

The opposition-held part of Aleppo has been battered by an intensive aerial campaign since last month, when a ceasefire collapsed after just a week. Syrian pro-government forces are also conducting a ground offensive into the rebel-held districts, advancing slowly in the north, east and south of the city.

Rescue workers at the site of air strikes in the al-Sakhour neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo (Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets /AP)
Rescue workers at the site of air strikes in the al-Sakhour neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo (Syrian Civil Defence White Helmets /AP)
The former commercial centre of the country has been turned into a battleground (AP)

In the southern city of Daraa, where the country's conflict began following anti-government protests in March 2011, rebels fired rockets at government-held areas. One hit a primary school, killing six people - among them five children - and wounding 18 students, according to state-run news agency SANA. It said some of the wounded are in a serious condition.

SANA posted a photo of a boy carried on a stretcher. His grey trousers were stained with blood and his bandaged right hand on his stomach. Another photo showed a boy and a girl inside what appeared to be a hospital with IV drips in their arms.

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A girl who fled from Isil-controlled areas arrives in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of Waqf, near al-Rai town, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi.
A girl who fled from Isil-controlled areas arrives in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of Waqf, near al-Rai town, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi.
People that fled Islamic State contolled areas travel on the back of a vehicle in al-Rai town, in the northern Aleppo countryside. Photo: Reuters
Children who fled from Islamic State-controlled areas ride a pick-up truck to the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria.
Children who fled from Islamic State-controlled areas ride a pick-up truck to the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria.

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