Syrian government air raids using barrel bombs on rebel-controlled areas of Syria’s second city of Aleppo at the weekend killed at least 76 people, including 28 children, activists said.
Activists reported on Monday that four women were also among the dead, a day after regime helicopters dropped barrels filled with explosives on civilian rebel-held districts in the northern city.
A previous toll from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights- which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and medics for its information – had put the number of killed at 36, among them 15 children.
The Aleppo Media Centre, a network of activists on the ground, called the raids on the northern city unprecedented”.
Footage uploaded by local activists on social media showed a fire in a narrow street covered in debris and dust after one air raid in the Karam el-Beik district.
Other videos showed people carrying the injured in blankets and bulldozers removing debris in a destroyed neighbourhood.
Civil defence volunteers told Al Jazeera they had not rested since the morning as they tried to cope with the bombardment.
“What did these rebels accomplish? Is there joy in killing neighbors and their children? These rebels or sham activists are nothing more than selfish sick bastards. These activities will lead to more bloodshed, this is not leadership that should be respected or supported.”
Death toll doubles in Syria bombing raid – Middle East – Al Jazeera English