Also on Monday, state news agency SANA said two people were
killed when mortars struck central Damascus.
The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air
strikes killed 29 people on Sunday, including women and
children, in the southern Al-Ferdous district of Aleppo, a city
that was once Syria's largest and a major commercial hub.
Another 14 people were killed in the Baeedeen neighborhood in
"barrel bomb" attacks — strikes in which helicopters drop highly
destructive improvised explosives — the group said. A further
five died in barrel bomb attacks in the village of Tlajabin, it
Western powers have condemned the use of barrel bombs as a war
crime, but they continue to fall nearly every day in Aleppo and
other parts of Syria.
SANA said two people were killed in Damascus when mortars fired
by "terrorists" — its term for rebel fighters — hit the
Al-Salihiya neighborhood of the capital and a nearby area.
More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict,
which started as a peaceful protest movement against President
Bashar al-Assad's rule in March 2011 and turned into civil war
after a government crackdown.
(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz;
editing by Ruth Pitchford)
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