Monday 19 March 2018

12 killed by rebel shelling in Syria

Fighting is raging again in Aleppo
Fighting is raging again in Aleppo

At least 12 civilians have been killed, including eight from one family, when shells fired by rebel fighters landed in government-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Syrian state TV said the shelling today also left 45 injured. The dead included children, the report said without elaborating.

Aleppo, Syria's former commercial hub, became a key front in the country's civil war after rebels launched an offensive in the city in July 2012. It is divided between rebel and government controlled districts.

Syrian rebels have shelled residential areas in government-held parts of the contested city in the past, killing hundreds of people.

Government warplanes have dropped explosives-filled barrels on rebel-held neighbourhoods in Aleppo and other cities, killing thousands.

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