Barrel bombs kill at least 16 mourners in Aleppo, monitor says

At least 16 people were killed on Saturday when unidentified helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives on a gathering of mourners in the divided city of Aleppo in northern Syria, a monitoring group reported.

The explosives, known as barrel bombs, were dropped on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bab al-Neirab on the outskirts of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.    

The victims were mourning 15 people, including 11 children, who had been killed in an air attack two days earlier in the same district.

Aleppo, Syria's pre-war commercial hub, has been divided between forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the west and rebels to the east since fighting erupted for the control of the city in mid-2012.

In July, a government offensive saw eastern Aleppo lose its last link with the rebel-held hinterland, threatening the survival of the last major urban centre to remain in the hands of the opposition.

But earlier this month, rebels including jihadist insurgents broke through government lines in southern Aleppo and linked up with fighters inside the eastern rebel side of the city.

Last update: Sat, 27/08/2016 - 15:05
Author: 

More from World

85 dead in flood-battered southern Thailand as heavy rain persists

Flash floods in southern Thailand left 85 people dead and affected more 1.7 million others since December, the...

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday to get a four-day weekend, costing the economy millions...

Trump will not release his tax returns, says Conway

US President Donald Trump will not release his tax returns, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told ABC News on...

Jammeh looted state coffers before leaving Gambia, say officials

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh emptied the country’s state coffers before relinquishing power, a member of the...

Trump invites Netanyahu to meeting as new settlement action weighed

US President Donald Trump has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet him at the White House next...