Locals scrambled to find survivors and to save any useful belongings after a second airstrike on the Syrian town of Azaz in Aleppo province.
Eleven people were reportedly killed in the bombing which destroyed at least six houses. Scores of wounded were taken to Turkey for treatment, some of whom later died – as always information is difficult to verify.
Around 45,000 people are estimated to have died in the 21-month uprising against President Bashar al Assad and still there seems no end in sight to the conflict, nor to the devastation wreaked on the lives of ordinary people.
The latest warning from the UN-Arab League envoy is that the country is headed for ‘hell’ if the warring sides refuse to seek a political settlement.
In the meantime Assad forces continue to use air power to try to curb rebel advances.