Air raids kill at least 37 in Aleppo

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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 15 at 3:04 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government aircraft dropped barrels packed with explosives on opposition-held areas of Aleppo today, killing at least 37 people, including 16 children.

The Aleppo Media Center activist group says government aircraft dropped at least 25 barrel bombs on the city, leveling buildings and incinerating cars.

The government frequently uses barrel bombs, which contain hundreds of pounds of explosives and cause massive damage on impact.

Aleppo has been a major front in the Syrian civil war since rebels launched an offensive on the city in mid-2012. Nearly a year and a half of fighting has destroyed much of the city, while also cutting it up into rebel-held and government-controlled areas.

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