Syrian Aircraft Kill 50 in Northern Rebel Town

BEIRUT (AP) -

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrels full of explosives on a rebel-held town near the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 50 people in two separate attacks over the weekend, activists said Sunday.

The shelling Sunday hit near a bakery in the town of al-Bab, located east of Aleppo, killing at least 24 people, said Rami Abdurrahman of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Akram al-Halabi, a rebel spokesman based in nearby in Aleppo.

The Observatory obtains its information from a network of activists on the ground. Syrian state media said government forces killed “terrorists,” which is how they describe armed rebels fighting against President Bashar Assad’s rule.

The attack followed a similar bombing on Saturday, when army helicopters targeted a rebel compound in al-Bab but missed their target and hit a market, killing 26 people, Abdurrahman said.

The army used barrel bombs, which contain hundreds of pounds of explosives, in both attacks.