Update March 6, 2015

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At least 18 killed by barrel bomb in Syria

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An injured civilian

6 March 2015, Nirapad News: At least 18 civilians were killed in a single regime barrel bomb attack in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb, dropped from a helicopter, struck an eastern sector of the divided city where people were gathering to buy and sell fuel.

In the northern province of Idlib, seven civilians were killed in a regime air strike near a school, Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, told the press.

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Emergency responders rush following a reported barrel bomb attack

The deaths came after UN envoy Staffan de Mistura dispatched a delegation to Aleppo in efforts to freeze fighting there. The government has regularly dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas across the country, particularly rebel-held parts of Aleppo province.

Rights groups have criticised the bombs – crudely constructed from barrels packed with explosives – as indiscriminate, citing the large number of civilians they kill.

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