Shelling of Syrian town kills 25, activists say
Published Sunday 16/12/2012 (updated) 18/12/2012 13:35
Residents inspect the damage after what was said to be an air raid by
Syrian government forces near the district of Azaz, north of Aleppo on
Sept. 3, 2012. (Reuters/Zain Karam)
BEIRUT (Reuters) -- At least 25 people were killed on Sunday when Syrian government forces attacked the town of Helfaya in Hama province with warplanes and artillery for the first time since February, opposition activists said.
A Youtube video showed at least three bodies lying in a street and several more inside cars, some disfigured beyond recognition. Body parts lay near walls and in a house nearby.
An activist who declined to be named said the town, a rebel stronghold, came under fire after insurgent fighters attacked several checkpoints just outside it.