December 17, 2013

An estimated 83 people were killed Monday in aerial bombings in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to an opposition group. At least 27 children and eight women were among the dead, according to Local Coordination Committee, which opposes Bashar al-Assad's regime. An additional 135 people died in clashes Sunday, the group said. Helicopters dropped bombs in 12 neighborhoods of the city, Syria’s largest and one of the most strategically important for both sides. An estimated 100,000 people have died in Syria since its civil war began nearly three years ago, and more than 2.3 million have fled the country, according to the United Nations.


"At least 27 children and eight women were among the dead, the group said; it reported that 50 more people had sustained injuries in Sunday's attacks.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement that it was "horrified" by reports that improvised bombs dropped from helicopters killed between 14 and 28 children.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for children to be targeted in this manner, whether through the use of indiscriminate weapons resulting in mass casualties or by any other means," the statement said."

Another 4.25 million Syrians have become refugees within their country since the civil war began, according to an Amnesty International report released on Friday.

The Local Coordination Committees, an opposition group, said that 135 people died overall in the conflict on Sunday.

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