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Rebel fire on Syria’s Aleppo kills 8 children

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An injured Syrian girl lies on a stretcher at a hospital in the government-held side of west Aleppo, on November 20, 2016, following reported rocket fire by the opposition forces that hold the eastern part of the city. At least seven children were killed by rebel rocket fire that hit a school in the government-held west of Aleppo city, state media said. Government forces are currently waging a ferocious assault against east Aleppo, targeting it with air strikes, barrel bombs and artillery fire. GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP

An injured Syrian girl lies on a stretcher at a hospital in the government-held side of west Aleppo, on November 20, 2016, following reported rocket fire by the opposition forces that hold the eastern part of the city.<br />At least seven children were killed by rebel rocket fire that hit a school in the government-held west of Aleppo city, state media said. Government forces are currently waging a ferocious assault against east Aleppo, targeting it with air strikes, barrel bombs and artillery fire.<br />GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP

At least eight children were killed on Sunday by rebel rocket fire that hit a primary school in the government-held west of Aleppo city, state media said.

State television initially gave a toll of 10 killed, but the official SANA news agency subsequently said eight people had died, seven children and a woman.

The rocket fire hit a primary school in the Furqan neighbourhood, also injuring at least 32 people, SANA said, citing a police source.

The news agency reported additional rebel fire on other parts of west Aleppo, which is regularly targeted by the opposition forces that hold the eastern part of the divided city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, gave a toll of eight children killed, aged between six and 12.

An AFP photographer at the school shortly after the attack saw adults rushing children away from the building and trying to comfort crying infants.

State television showed some of the wounded being treated in a hospital, including a child in a blue top whose face was covered in blood being attended on a stretcher.

In a corridor, a young boy in a red T-shirt with his arm in a make-shift sling was shepherded by his distraught mother, as another boy with his head bandaged was carried in.

Government forces are currently waging a ferocious assault against east Aleppo, targeting it with air strikes, barrel bombs and artillery fire.

They renewed their fire on the east on Tuesday, after a period of relative respite, in a bid to recapture the rebel-held side of the city.

The Observatory says at least 103 civilians have been killed in east Aleppo since government forces resumed the assault.


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