Syria Wipes Out 10 Kids on Playground: Report
Activists say cluster bomb caused fatalities
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2012 3:09 AM CST
Syrian rebels capture a helicopter air base near Damascus yesterday.   (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

(Newser) – The death toll in Syria has hit 40,000, but the 10 latest reported deaths stand out: children killed on a playground by a cluster bomb yesterday, according to opposition activists. Videos of the carnage in Deir al-Asafir were posted online, reports the BBC, and show a woman weeping over a girl's body, two girls dead in the street, and two lifeless boys in the backseat of a car. "None of those killed were older than 15 years old," an activist tells Reuters. Reports of bomblet-spraying cluster bombs being used on rebel-held towns are increasing, though Bashar al-Assad's regime maintains that it doesn't possess the weapons. The BBC explains that such bomblets are packed with hundreds of metal pieces that can kill those within an 80-foot range. In other Syria news:

  • Syrian rebels captured a helicopter base just outside Damascus yesterday and destroyed government helicopters to prevent them from being used against opposition forces. At least 15 rebels and eight soldiers were killed in the process. An activist calls the seizure a "blow to the morale of the regime, because it is close to the heart of the capital," reports the AP, which notes the base is about 10 miles from Damascus.
  • Assad's regime is hard-up for cash—and ProPublica reports that it got some big help on that front by way of Russia, which flew 240 tons of "bank notes" into the country via eight Moscow-to-Damascus flights between July and September, according to flight manifest records. ProPublica was able to verify that the flights occurred, but notes that Syria and Russian officials didn't respond to questions about the records' accuracy. Earlier reports had indicated that Russia started printing fresh Syrian pounds over the summer.

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Nov 26, 2012 2:39 PM CST
I wonder where's all the outrage here. If Israel so much as farts in the direction of Palestine, we get uproar and death to Israel, Death to Jews and whatever. I guess it's okay here since its Muslims killing other Muslims, even if they are kids.
Nov 26, 2012 12:55 PM CST
Who is this "Syria" that wiped out the kids? Who is it that created this Syria? America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, both of whom could not fart in the direction of Assad without Obama's say so. Want to start pointing the finger at those responsible for these slaughters of civilians--which has been going on since he beginning, thanks to Islamist snipers firing at both deminstratos and police? look at the Pentagon and the "White" House, ye whore reporters.
Nov 26, 2012 10:45 AM CST
Sometimes, no, most the time, i hate this world! Fight fight fight, war war war, death death death, has it ever helped? Im so seriously sick of this ignorant mindset of handling conflict with war.