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34 dead in rebel rocket fire on Syria’s Aleppo: Monitor

34 dead in rebel rocket fire on Syria’s Aleppo: Monitor

Twelve children were among the dead as rebel factions pounded western neighbourhoods of the city with more than 300 rockets.



By (AFP)

Published: Tue 16 Jun 2015, 12:25 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:07 PM

Beirut — Rebel rocket fire killed at least 34 civilians in Aleppo in one of the bloodiest days of the conflict for government-held areas of Syria’s second city, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

Twelve children were among the dead as rebel factions pounded western neighbourhoods of the city with more than 300 rockets on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Right said.

Control of the city is divided between rebels in the east, and forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad in the west.

Both sides frequently bombard each other but Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that Monday’s deaths marked “one of the highest tolls in opposition attacks in Aleppo city”.

“The number of deaths is likely to rise, as there are roughly 190 people wounded, including dozens in critical condition with serious wounds,” he said.

“With dead and wounded combined, it adds up to the most violent day for government-controlled parts of Aleppo city in the whole war.”

The rocket fire came as UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura arrived in Damascus for fresh talks with government officials on ending the four-year conflict. 


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