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Syria barrel bombs kill 71 civilians as regime army in retreat

ALEPPO: Barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters killed at least 71 civilians in Syria's Aleppo province Saturday, after forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad retreated from the neighbouring northwestern region of Idlib. Insurgents now control the vast majority of Idlib after Al-Nusra Front — Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate — and its allies overran the last remaining...

SAMAA | - Posted: May 30, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: May 30, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Syria barrel bombs kill 71 civilians as regime army in retreat

ALEPPO: Barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters killed at least 71 civilians in Syria's Aleppo province Saturday, after forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad retreated from the neighbouring northwestern region of Idlib.

Insurgents now control the vast majority of Idlib after Al-Nusra Front — Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate — and its allies overran the last remaining regime-held city and surrounding villages.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “at least 71 civilians were killed, and dozens were wounded, when regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the city of Al-Bab and in Al-Shaar in east Aleppo city”.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Britain-based monitoring group, said 12 people were killed in rebel-held Al-Shaar, including eight members of a single family.

The bodies of those slain were laid out on the streets of Al-Shaar, with the limp blood-covered hand of one of them protruding from under a blanket, said an AFP correspondent at the scene.

Bulldozers were used to clear away the rubble by civil defence volunteers.

One of them, Shahud Hussein, said the blasts were so powerful that buildings in the neighbourhood were “likely to collapse”.

The other 59 civilians, all male, were killed at a market in Al-Bab, Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Al-Bab lies about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo city and is controlled by the Islamic State group.

“People often gather on Saturday mornings at the Al-Hail market in Al-Bab, which is why the number of dead was so high,” said Abdel Rahman.

Those killed were all male because women have much less freedom of movement in IS-controlled areas, he added.

Barrel bombs are crude weapons made of oil drums, gas cylinders or water tanks packed with explosives and scrap metal that are usually dropped from helicopters.

The Syrian government's use of the weapons has come under fire by rights groups, who say they are indiscriminate and often kill many civilians. –AFP  

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