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Reports: At Least 25 Killed In Syria Airstrikes

At least 25 people have been killed and scores injured in air strikes carried out by the Syrian military on rebel-held areas, media reports citing Opposition activists and rights groups said late on Sunday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that at least nine children were killed in an air strike in Qaboun, a rebel-held suburb of capital Damascus.

At least 16 others including a woman and two children, died in another air strike on rebel-held areas around the village of Haddad in the Kurdish-majority Hasaka province.

SOHR, which depends on accounts of activists on the ground in Syria, claims its reports are impartial and unbiased. Nevertheless, such reports cannot be verified independently as most foreign media are barred from operating in the country.

The latest air strikes came just days after the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Syrian Air Force of repeatedly carrying out indiscriminate, and often deliberate, air strikes against civilians in areas controlled by rebel forces in the strife-torn Middle East nation.

Noting that such attacks are serious violations of international humanitarian law (the laws of war), the rights watchdog warned in a report released on Thursday that people who commit such violations with criminal intent are responsible for war crimes.

An estimated 70,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since an armed rebellion against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began in Syria in March 2011. The civil war has forced about a million Syrians to seek refuge in neighboring countries, with a further two million more displaced internally.

The conflict is now threatening to spill over to neighboring nations and increasingly becoming sectarian in nature. International efforts at finding a solution to the crisis have been hampered by a deep divide in the U.N. Security Council, with Russia and China backing the Assad regime and the West opposing it.

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