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Syrian aircraft pound Aleppo for 4th straight day

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 18, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.


In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center, AMC and released Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians inspect the rubble of damaged buildings following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian warplanes dumped explosive-laden barrel bombs over opposition-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of a relentless offensive to drive rebels out of the contested city, activists said.

BEIRUT — Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.

The air campaign, which activists say killed more than 100 people in the first three days alone, suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces are trying to crush opposition in Aleppo ahead of an international peace conference scheduled for late January in Switzerland.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city and once its commercial hub, has been a major front in the country's civil war since the rebels launched an offensive there in mid-2012. Since then, bloody street battles have carved the city up into opposition- and government-controlled areas.

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