Five children dead in air strike on school in Syria’s Aleppo

On Saturday, at least 35 civilians including children were killed as government forces and rebel fighters exchanged fire

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A Syrian regime air strike hit a school in the main northern city of Aleppo on Sunday killing five children and four other civilians, a monitoring group said.

"Military aircraft struck a school in east Aleppo city and killed five children, three female teachers, and one man," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On Saturday, at least 35 civilians were killed as government forces and rebel fighters exchanged fire in Syria’s main northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 18 civilians killed in regime air strikes on Al-Maadi and Sheikh al-Lutfi, two rebel-held neighbourhoods in east Aleppo.

“Seventeen other civilians were killed when rebel groups fired rockets on neighbourhoods controlled by the regime, including Suleimaniyah and other areas,” the Britain-based group said.

Fighting erupted in Aleppo in 2012, reducing swathes of Syria’s commercial hub to ruins.

Government forces control the west of the city and frequently bomb rebel-held neighborhoods in the east from the air.

The rebels often retaliate with rocket and mortar fire into government-held neighborhoods.

Both sides have been criticized by human rights groups for firing indiscriminately on civilians.

[With AFP]

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