Daily Mountain Eagle
 LATEST NEWS
 Top Stories
 U.S.
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
 World
  Castro
  Mideast Crisis
  Iraq
 Business
 Personal Finance
 Technology
 Sports
  Sports Columns
  NASCAR
  Baseball
  College Hoops
  NBA
  NHL
  Tennis
  Golf
 Entertainment
 Health
 Science
 Politics
 Washington
 Offbeat
 Podcasts
 Blogs
 Weather
 Raw News
 NEWS SEARCH
 
 Archive Search
 SPECIAL SECTIONS
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 Today
 in History
 Corrections
Jul 30, 2:04 PM EDT

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN


World Video

Documents
Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Syrian refugee women face sexual exploitation

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

Buy AP Photo Reprints

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday.

The Human Rights Watch statement came as the Security Council was expected to meet for a fifth round of reporting on the resolution - and at least 11 people were killed by the bombs overnight.

February's resolution demanded a halt to all attacks against civilians as well as indiscriminate shelling and aerial bombardment - including the use of so-called barrel bombs - in populated areas. The crude weapons - barrels packed with explosives and scraps of metal that are pushed out of helicopters - cannot be precisely targeted. They have caused widespread civilian casualties as they hit homes, schools and open markets.

The New York-based group says it has documented over 650 strikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo since the resolution's adoption. It noted in the report that opposition fighters also carry out indiscriminate attacks, including mortar strikes and car bombings.

Barrel bombs on Aleppo have killed more than 2,000 people this year, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside the war-torn country.

Six people were killed by barrel bombs in the Aleppo neighborhood of Bab Neirab overnight, including an elderly man, three women and a child, the Observatory reported. Another barrel bomb hit the Aleppo neighborhood of Saliheen, killing five people and burying another eight under rubble, the Observatory said. A Syrian activist who uses the name Saleh confirmed the strikes, but not the death tolls. Conflicting death tolls are common in the chaotic aftermath of such events.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled Aleppo since the pace of the barrel bombings accelerated in December.

"Month after month, the Security Council has sat idly by as the government defied its demands with new barrel bomb attacks on Syrian civilians," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Russia and China need to allow the Security Council to show the same resolve and unanimity it brought to the issue of humanitarian aid to call a halt to these deadly attacks on civilians."

Also Wednesday, an explosives-rigged vehicle exploded in a neighborhood of the central city of Homs, killing two people, state-run news reported. The Observatory said the neighborhood's population is mainly Alawite. President Bashar Assad hails from the country's Alawite minority, whose faith is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Over 170,000 people have been killed in Syria in more than three years of fighting, activists say.

---

Associated Press writer Diaa Hadid contributed to this report.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.