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Syria civil war: Dozens killed in Aleppo air strikes

Government air strikes leave more than 30 civilians dead, including 10 when their bus was hit, rescue workers say.

Syrian government air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in and around the northern city of Aleppo, volunteer rescuers have said.

At least 28 people were killed in raids on several neighbourhoods in the rebel-held east of Aleppo, the civil defence, also known as the White Helmets, said on Friday.

Dozens of barrel bombs - crude, unguided explosive devices – were dropped in the strikes, described by an AFP news agency correspondent as the most intense in more than a week.

Ten more people were killed when a bus they were travelling in was hit on Castello road, a key rebel supply route out of Aleppo, the White Helmets added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Castello road was now "effectively cut".

"All movement is targeted, be that buses or bystanders," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the UK-based monitoring group, said.

'Nowhere to go'

Separately, the Observatory said on Friday that the US had air dropped weaponsto rebel fighters in Aleppo province, who have been battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

In recent days, fighting has intensified near Marea, with the UN sounding a warning over the fate of an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by the violence.

On Friday. the Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting to discuss airdrops of food and medicine to besieged areas as the UN faces more delays in getting aid to civilians.


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