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'At least' 12 killed in Syria airstrikes

Published 18/05/2016

The area of Rastan was one of the first areas to rise up against President Bashar Assad's government in 2011
The area of Rastan was one of the first areas to rise up against President Bashar Assad's government in 2011

A series of airstrikes in a rebel-held Syrian town has killed at least 12 people, including 10 children and two women who were taking cover in an underground shelter, activists said.

Homs-based activist Bebars Al-Talawy said at least eight air raids struck the town of Rastan, one of them hitting a house, destroying it while its residents were taking cover in the shelter.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raid killed a whole family, including a man, his wife, two sons and four daughters, in addition to his two sisters and their four children. The Observatory said the number may rise because rescue workers were still pulling people from the rubble.

The airstrikes came a day after a similar attack on the northern city of Aleppo, activists and rescue workers said shells and mortars continue to fall on a main road, the only lifeline for the rebel-held area of the city to the rest of the country, effectively cutting off the area from the outside world for the third straight day.

Aleppo and its surrounding suburbs has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the country in months. Repeated partial ceasefires ended or collapsed there, and the violence in Aleppo also derailed UN-brokered peace talks.

Syria's state news agency SANA also said that three people were killed and four injured when rockets fired by rebels hit the residential area of Hamdaniyeh.

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