Regime drops barrel bombs across north Aleppo countryside

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Syrian army helicopters dropped a series of barrel bombs across the northern Aleppo countryside on Wednesday, hitting an outdoor market and residential buildings, among other targets. One barrel bomb struck a crowded market in the rebel-controlled Jab al-Qubbeh village, killing 24 civilians and critically injuring 20 others, said Ibrahim Abu al-Laith, an official from the Aleppo Civil Defense office, as quoted by Smart News. Four barrel bombs also hit different locations including residential buildings in Tal Rafat city, 40km north of Aleppo, killing 18 civilians and critically injuring more than 30 others, a city spokesman told Smart News. The Violation Documentations Center reported nearly 2,600 civilian deaths from barrel bombs in Aleppo province between 2014 and 2015 alone, while President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly denied the military’s use of the indiscriminate weapons.