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Children die in Syria air raid as Patriots go active

Published on Jan 27, 2013 6:08 AM
 
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham guards a street as other fighter runs into a building during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus January 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Regime warplanes launched a wave of deadly raids across Syria on Saturday, including one that killed eight children, a watchdog said, as Nato declared Patriot missiles are now active on the Turkish border.

The strikes targeted areas of Aleppo province, which borders Turkey, as well as nearby Raqa province, Daraa in the south, Damascus's Jobar district and Eastern Ghuta on the capital's outskirts, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In the deadliest raid on the city of Manbij, in the northern province of Aleppo, one air strike killed 16 people, half of them children, the Observatory reported from its sources on the ground.

Video footage posted on the Internet by activists opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's regime showed harrowing scenes, as dozens of people rushed to rescue those trapped in rubble.

 
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