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        12/23/2013, Tevet 20, 5774

      Hundreds Killed as Assad Bombs Aleppo

      The Independent reports hundreds of civilians have been reported killed by an intensive aerial bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo over the past week, just a month ahead of planned peace talks between the two sides in the country’s civil war.

      Sixty-five people were killed on Sunday, notes The Independent, when government aircraft pounded rebel-held areas of Syria’s second-largest city for the eighth consecutive day, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

      Since it began on 15 December, the government’s bombardment has left 301 people dead and sent casualties streaming into the few medical facilities still open.  The Independent adds that residential areas and markets are among the locations that have been targeted in the campaign.