Unconfirmed reports from Syria say at least 45 people have been killed and up to 175 wounded in government air raids near the northern city of Aleppo, in areas controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Amateur video obtained from a social media website purports to show the aftermath of the strikes, which locals said hit residential and industrial areas of the city of al Bab and neighbouring Qabaseen.
The contents of the video cannot be verified, but it’s claimed that helicopters and war planes dropped barrel bombs – steel drums full of shrapnel and explosives.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there has been an increase in air raids by the military on rebel-held areas in recent days.
Syrian state media said it had repulsed what it called “terror attacks”, hitting jiihadists – but gave no details of civilian casualties.