Syria: Airstrikes leave dozens dead
The Syrian war continues as airstrikes target opposition-held cities in the northern part of the country. Restrictions against journalists make it difficult to confirm the death tolls, but activists say more than 40 people have been killed.
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He said at least 10 people had been killed, though the number could be higher, either because bodies were still trapped in the rubble or because people were buried before being recorded.Skip to next paragraph
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"There were people who took the dead and wounded away before the cameras showed up," he said.
Videos that activists said were shot soon after the attack show a block-wide expanse of rubble surrounded by buildings whose facades had been blown off. Men scour the rubble, occasionally finding bodies and carrying them off.
Rebels and regime forces have been clashing for months in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and commercial capital.
As a sign of how little months of international diplomacy has done to stop the bloodshed in Syria, a number of nations and the U.N. envoy to the Syria conflict are pushing for a temporary cease-fire during a Muslim holiday later this month. Joint U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has called on the Syrian government to take the first step in observing a truce during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday that begins on Oct. 26.
In Amman, Jordan, he said the temporary truce could be a first step in helping Syrians "to resolve their problems and to rebuild a new Syria."
The Syrian government said it wants a cease-fire but the rebels lack a unified leadership that can agree to it.
Both sides have flouted previous cease-fires after verbally agreeing to them.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a close ally of Assad, called for the truce during a visit to Kuwait. The Iraqi government also expressed its support in a statement, calling on all sides to abandon violence "to save the region from more miseries and pains."
Activists say more than 33,000 people have been killed since the anti-Assad uprising started in March 2011.
Also Thursday, Syria's state news agency said rebels blew up two oil and gas pipelines in the northeast near the Iraqi border. The agency, SANA, said the attack hit one oil and one gas pipeline near the city of Deir al-Zour. The pipelines ran between Deir al-Zour and the city of Palmyra in central Syria.
SANA quoted an oil ministry official saying the lines were immediately shut off, the fires were extinguished. Rebels have repeatedly bombed such pipelines.
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