BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, cleaving the fronts of apartment buildings and killing at least 27 people, activists said.
Government aircraft have pounded districts under opposition control in the divided city for months with the makeshift bombs— huge canisters packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause massive damage on impact. Activists say around 2,000 people have been killed in such attacks in Aleppo this year alone.
Monday's air raids targeted the Sukkari neighborhood on the southern side of the city, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center said.
The Observatory said at least 27 people were killed, while the Aleppo Media Center put the death toll at 30. Disparate figures are common in the immediate aftermath of large attacks.
Both activist groups said scores of wounded were rushed to makeshift hospitals in the city.
The Aleppo Media Center said the barrels struck near an aid distribution center, which in part explained the large number of casualties.
The Observatory said the second barrel struck as people were trying to help the wounded from the initial bombing.
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