Activists: Thousands killed in Syria by barrel bombs

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Alleged regime attacks killed 2,508 people in five months, say activists

Alleged regime attacks killed 2,508 people in five months, say activists

ISTANBUL -  At least 2,508 people have been killed in Aleppo since November 2013 during barrel bomb attacks allegedly carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to the London-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). 

The group said 940 barrel bombs were used during these operations.

A barrel bomb is a type of explosive made of a barrel filled with highly-explosive substances, oil and shrapnel. Barrel bombs are often dropped from Syrian army helicopters on targets. 

At least 100,000 have been killed and according to the U.N. 3.5 million internally displaced and 2.5 million forced to seek refuge abroad in the civil war that erupted in Syria after anti-government protests in March 2011 were met with a violent crackdown.

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