[highlight]Warplanes belonging to the Syrian government carried out airstrikes on a rebel-aligned neighbourhood of the capital, Damascus, killing at least 12 children in the process bringing the total number to 25 people yesterday.[/highlight]
Government jets bombed rebel-held areas in the predominantly Kurdish village of Hadad in the northeastern province of Hassaka, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
It said at least 16 people were killed, including two women and three children.
A Hassaka-based activist who was in Hadad when the planes struck said the bombs sent huge plumes of black smoke billowing over the town. He spoke on condition that he be identified only by his nickname of Abu Qasem – by which he is widely known among his comrades – out of fear of reprisals.
Another airstrike on the Damascus neighbourhood of Qaboun killed at least nine children.