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Air strike kills dozens of Syrians waiting to buy bread

Published on Dec 24, 2012 6:06 AM
A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network allegedly shows Syrians helping victims following an air strike by regime forces near a bakery in the rebel-held town of Halfaya in the central Syrian province of Hama on Dec 23, 2012. Dozens were killed in the strike, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Dozens of people were killed and many more wounded in a Syrian government air strike that hit a bakery where a crowd was queuing for bread on Sunday, activists said.

If confirmed, the attack on Halfaya in central Syria, which was seized by rebels last week, would be one of the deadliest air strikes of Syria's civil war.

Videos uploaded by activists showed dozens of bloodstained corpses lying amid rubble and shrapnel. An adolescent boy with both his feet blown off lay flailing in the middle of a road.

"When I got there, I could see piles of bodies all over the ground. There were women and children," said Samer al-Hamawi, an activist in the town. "There are also dozens of wounded people." Residents of Halfaya told Reuters they estimated 90 dead.

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