At the least 16 folks died when two barrel bombs struck as mourners attended a wake for youngsters killed in a separate barrel bombing in Aleppo, a Syrian monitoring group stated.
The Aleppo Media Heart reported the next quantity, saying 24 folks had been killed and 30 others injured when the 2 barrel bombs hit Saturday.
The 2 bombs focused a wake in rebel-held Bab al-Nayrab, the identical neighborhood the place 15 folks had been killed in a barrel bombing Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated.
Aleppo Media Heart activist and witness Mojahed Abo-Aljood stated he was filming close to the wake when a warning got here on their walkie-talkies that there was a helicopter overhead. He took shelter in a basement and heard two explosions, exiting later to air lined with thick mud.
‘I could not see’
He stated he grabbed his digital camera and began strolling round to doc the horror and discover folks to assist.
“On my proper and on my left I noticed lifeless folks and I stepped on prime of 1 myself as a result of I could not see as a result of thickness of mud,” he stated.
“When the primary barrel bomb hit close to the wake, folks began operating towards the shelter the place we had been – then the second barrel bomb hit close to the doorway of the basement shelter,” Abo-Aljood stated. “That is why there have been many causalities,”
The 2 activist teams supplied differing accounts of what number of youngsters had been killed within the barrel bombing Thursday. Aleppo Media Heart reported 5 youngsters had been among the many lifeless; the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated 11 youngsters had died.
Amnesty Worldwide says barrel bombs are a typical tactic of the Syrian regime.
‘I misplaced 5 youngsters’
Activists posted movies of Thursday’s barrel bomb assault on-line. CNN couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the movies. Within the movies, rescuers assist survivors and seek for the lacking. Residents dig by means of rubble, on the lookout for family members.
Women and men carry lifeless youngsters lined with mud, sobbing and crying.
In a single video, a person sits outdoors his demolished home, visibly upset. “Do not step over them,” he says, referring to his relations. “I misplaced my 5 youngsters, oh God.”
One other video posted by activists in Aleppo exhibits a girl talking to her lifeless little one.
“Hassan, it is your mother,” the mom says as she appears on the little one whose eyes are nonetheless open.
“He’s my son … he’s gone,” she screams. “My sons, your brother is lifeless, your brother is lifeless.”
She touches his face and closes his eyes.