December 23, 2013
Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign in the second city of Aleppo a month before planned peace talks.
The vicious air campaign has seen regime aircraft drop barrels of TNT onto rebel-held neighbourhoods — a tactic widely condemned as unlawful — flooding hospitals with victims, according to activists, medics and other witnesses.
The attacks come as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have advanced on several fronts in recent weeks while Western nations have been preoccupied with Syria’s chemical disarmament and preparing for January peace talks.
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