Monday 18 December 2017

Syrian bombs 'kill 47' in square

At least 10 people died while queueing for water in Aleppo
At least 10 people died while queueing for water in Aleppo

Syrian army helicopters have dropped two barrel bombs on a crowded square in the northern city of Aleppo, killing 47 civilians as they sat on a bus and collected water, according to observers.

The attack by government forces on the rebel-held city came hours after rebels bombarded the capital Damascus, killing nine people.

An Aleppo-based activist, Ahmad al-Ahmad, said one barrel bomb exploded beside a crowded bus, and the second near a queue of people waiting to fill their canteens from a public water tanker.

He said 27 died on or near the bus, 10 more in the water line, and 10 others as ambulances ferried scores of wounded to hospital.

Other activists reported that Syrian air strikes on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus killed more than 80 people yesterday.

Reported figures for the death toll varied, but an activist group called the Local Co-ordination Committees said at least 25 died, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 27 were killed.

Press Association

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