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Syrian government aircraft unleash air strike in Aleppo, 83 dead

Posted Feb 2, 2014 by Kev Hedges
Syrian government helicopters and war planes have launched air strikes on 15 opposition-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday.
Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
U.S. Department of State
The Syrian government fighter jets fired missiles and dropped huge crude bombs in a vicious assault that has killed 83 people, possibly more. According to activists at least 17 children were among the dead in the city that has been a key battleground ever since the rebels swooped into the city during the summer of 2012.
The eastern and southern neighbourhoods were the worst hit in a battle that seemingly has no winners and plenty of losers. Since the rebels arrived to take control of some key areas of Aleppo, the fighting seems to have come to a stalemate, with no side able to take control. Effectively, the fighting has deteriorated into a bloody grind, reports AP.
However, President Bashar Assad has stepped up the air strikes on the rebel-held neighbourhoods by packing the bombs with explosives, fuel and scraps of metal - all designed to cause the maximum amount of damage on impact.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with Russia to tell its ally Syria to speed up the removal of chemical weapons. So far, just four percent of all the declared chemicals have been removed, according to US figures.
The majority of the victims killed since Friday have been civilians from Aleppo's eastern districts, mostly women and children, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a huge network of reliable sources it connects with on social media and leaked video across Syria.