Air Strike Kills 3 Children in Aleppo
[An Nahar] Syrian warplanes targeted several residential districts of the northern city of Aleppo
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on Monday, killing at least five people including three children from one family, a rights watchdog said.
The five were killed and others were maimed in the central district of Maadi in the country's second city and commercial hub, a focal point for the fighting since mid-July, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Three children from the same family were killed when their building collapsed in Maadi district, which is located in the Old City of Aleppo, 600 meters from the citadel," the watchdog's Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"There are still people buried under the rubble," he added.
Videos posted to YouTube by activists, which AFP was unable to authenticate immediately, showed a mountain of rubble and men trying to clear away slabs of debris to free trapped residents.
A fourth child, a girl, was killed in heavy shelling on the northern neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud where several homes were destroyed, the Observatory said.
Outside the northern metropolis, fierce festivities broke out between the army and rebels overnight near a military post in the town of Atarib in western Aleppo province.
In the capital, troops carried out demolitions in the eastern neighborhood of Qaboon, leveling at least three houses in the area where battles had erupted between rebels and the army before dawn.
A woman was killed by sniper fire in the eastern Jobar neighborhood, while the bodies of three civilians were found in the upscale Barzeh neighborhood in the northeast, according to the watchdog.
Outside the capital the army clashed with rebels in the town of Ghuta, while the town of Zabadani near the Lebanese border and the eastern Damascus
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suburb of Zamalka were shelled, and one rebel was killed elsewhere in the province.
The army also bombarded towns and villages across the northwest province of Idlib, while fierce festivities broke out between the army and rebels in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor and near an airport in the northern province of Raqa.
There was no immediate information on casualties there.
Monday's violence came after at least 82 people -- 40 civilians, 16 rebels and 26 soldiers -- were killed nationwide on Sunday, the Observatory said.
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