Air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill over 40 in 24 hours

May 29, 2014 | By | Reply More

May 29, – The death toll from Syrian air raids on rebel-held areas in the city of Aleppo has topped 40 over a 24-hour period, an anti-regime activist group said Wednesday.

hromedia Air raids on Syria’s Aleppo kill over 40 in 24 hours arab uprising3Barrel bombs killed 22 people Tuesday in the eastern districts of Hay Qataneh, Tariq al-Bab, Bustan al-Qasr, Bani Zeid, Mghayer and Lairamoun, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another 21 people died Wednesday in another wave of barrel bomb strikes on Mghayer, said the Britain-based group, which compiles its information from a network of medics and opposition activists on the ground.

Nine children figured among the dead, the group added, warning that the toll could rise as “many people are in serious condition and there must be bodies under the rubble.”

The anti-regime Halab News Network said 16 barrel bombs and five rocket strikes targeted Aleppo and several rural locations in the province Wednesday.

In next-door Idlib province, a car bomb ripped through a diesel fuel market in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Naasan, killing at least 16 people, the Observatory said.

The principal sides in the war have each claimed significant gains of late, as regime forces and their paramilitary allies last week broke a rebel siege of the Central Prison in Aleppo, while rebels in Idlib seized the town of Khan Sheikhoun over the weekend.

Pro-opposition media outlets circulated photos of a veteran Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer Abdullah Iskandari, after Iranian outlets announced his “martyrdom.”

There was little available information about where Iskandari was killed. The Iranian websites identified him as a “defender of the holy shrine,” a likely reference to the Shiite pilgrimage site of Sayyida Zeinab outside Damascus.

Iskandari served in the Revolutionary Guard’s land forces during the Iran-Iraq war, the websites said.

Separately, U.S. government agencies were examining social media postings purporting to show how an American who was fighting with the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, blew himself up during the rebel offensive in Idlib, U.S. officials said.

The officials, who declined to be identified, said U.S. agencies assessed that the postings were likely authentic. One said some investigators believed they knew the “ U.S. person’s” true identity, but declined to give further details.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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