Bomb Lands on Aleppo Kindergarten

Government, opposition trade accusations in weekend of violence
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2012 4:45 AM CDT
FSA soldiers prepare a mortar in Izaa district in Aleppo, Syria, yesterday.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – The Syrian government and anti-government rebels are blaming each other for carnage and civilian casualties again after another weekend of violence. One airstrike on a residential block in Aleppo directly hit a kindergarten, causing a "great number" of child deaths, reports CNN. Opposition activists described the strike as being made by a "barrel bomb," a barrel full of TNT, fuel, and nails.

The Syrian media reported that government forces killed "terrorists" in Aleppo, and freed 30 people who had been captured by the opposition. It also reported 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a large car bomb that exploded near two hospitals in Aleppo—a death toll confirmed by opposition activists. All told, 160 people were killed yesterday in fighting around Syria, according to activists.

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