Syria 'barrel bomb strikes' kill 10 children, 5 women in Aleppo

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Assad forces reportedly bombed civilian property in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo

A Syrian rescue worker carries the body of a child following a Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in Aleppo on 27 September, 2014 (AFP)
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Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. 

The bombing also destroyed civilian property and wounded several people, some of them critically, the Britain-based Observatory added.

President Bashar al-Assad's air force has carried out near-daily strikes against areas under rebel control in the northern province since last December, killing several hundred people, mostly civilians.

Rights groups have repeatedly criticised the use of barrel bombs, which they say fail to discriminate between civilian and military targets.

In July, Human Rights Watch accused Assad of defying a UN Security Council resolution ordering all sides in Syria's war to stop indiscriminate attacks.

Syria's multi-front war began as a peaceful movement demanding democratic change, but morphed into an all-out civil war after Assad's forces unleashed a brutal crackdown against dissent.

More than 180,000 people have been killed since March 2011, and nearly half the population have fled their homes.