Conflict & Justice

Syrian airstrikes kill at least 40 (VIDEO)


A Syrian rebel fighter holds a wounded pigeon in the remains of a destroyed house following an airstrike by the Syrian airforce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 15, 2013.



Syrian government airstrikes hit Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 40 people in and around the city, activists from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In one attack, warplanes reportedly targeting a rebel headquarters hit vegetable market stalls in the rebel-controlled Dawwar al-Hilwaniya neighborhood of Aleppo instead, killing 15 civilians and wounding tens of others.

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A second strike on Aleppo's Karm al-Beik neighborhood killed another seven, and 19 civilians — including two children, a woman and four people who have not yet been identified — were dead and dozens more wounded after the deadliest bombardment some 29 miles northeast of Aleppo near Tareeq Al-Bab and the town of Tadif.

Opposition activists posted footage on YouTube of what they said was the aftermath of the airstrike in Aleppo, showing people climbing over the wreckage of buildings as smoke billows into the air.

GlobalPost could not verify the authenticity of the video.

The activist group also reported that Islamist rebels, some with ties to al-Qaeda, had seized Syria's largest oil field, located in Deir Ezzor, which could potentially cut President Bashar al-Assad off from almost all local crude oil reserves.

There was no immediate comment from Syria's government regarding the Omar oil field.