BEIRUT: Syria’s regime killed at least 28 people, mostly civilians, on Saturday when its warplanes dropped massive makeshift bombs on a town held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombs used in the attacks on Al-Bab, in the northern province of Aleppo, were three times more destructive than so-called barrel bombs, which have already drawn widespread international condemnation.
“The army used ‘container bombs’ which are three times more powerful than ‘barrel bombs’,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
Among those killed in the bombardment were “19 civilians, including three children and three women,” said the Observatory, a Britain-based group that relies on a range of sources on the ground for its reports.
The bodies of the nine other people killed in the attacks were too charred to be identified, said Abdel Rahman.
The Local Coordination Committees activist network said the air strikes targeted a popular market.