Aleppo air raids kill almost 2,000 in 2014

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Barrel bombings and other Syrian government air raids on rebel districts of Aleppo have killed 1,963 civilians since the beginning of the year, a monitoring group said Friday, according to Agence France-Presse.

A total of 567 children and 283 women were among those confirmed killed in the air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The reports are based on a network of medics and activists on the ground, Al Arabiya reported.

The victims it documented were killed between January 1 and Thursday night in rebel-held areas of the northern city and the surrounding countryside, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

Control of Aleppo, Syria's former commercial hub, has been divided since a rebel offensive in 2012.

Government aircraft launched a bombing campaign against rebel-held districts in the east in mid-December, frequently dropping shrapnel-packed barrel bombs.

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