Date
26 March 2017
A boy carries his belongings at an Aleppo site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad last month. Photo: Reuters
A boy carries his belongings at an Aleppo site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad last month. Photo: Reuters

Air strikes on Syrian refugee camp kill 28: monitoring group

Air strikes on a Syrian refugee camp near the Turkish border on Thursday may have killed at least 28 people, according to a monitoring group.

Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that the dead included women and children and that the casualty number may climb further at the camp near the town of Sarmada.

“There were two aerial strikes that hit this makeshift camp for refugees who have taken refuge from fighting in southern Aleppo and Palmyra,” Abu Ibrahim al-Sarmadi, an activist from the nearby town of Atmeh who spoke to people near the camp, was quoted as saying.

Nidal Abdul Qader, an opposition civilian aid official who lives about a kilometer from the camp, said around 50 tents and a school had burned down.

Activists believe the air strikes were launched by the Syrian army which had been fighting rebel forces in the nation’s civil war.

The White House said the victims were innocent civilians who had fled their homes to escape violence.

“These individuals are in the most desperate situation imaginable, and there is no justification for carrying out military action that’s targeting them,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Sarmada lies about 30 km west of the city of Aleppo, where a cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and the US had brought a measure of relief on Thursday.

But fighting continued nearby and President Bashar al-Assad said he still sought total victory over rebels.

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