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Syria’s misery is evident in the many camps for displaced people. This little girl hung washed clothes to dry in the Azaz camp north of Aleppo Province on Friday.

Manu Brabo • Associated Press ,

Syrian military targets Aleppo

  • Article by: HWAIDA SAAD and RICK GLADSTONE
  • New York Times
  • February 22, 2013 - 11:41 PM

– Anti-government activists in Syria said the military fired Scud missiles into at least three rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Friday, flattening dozens of houses, killing at least 12 civilians and burying perhaps dozens of others under piles of rubble.

The assertion, which appears to be corroborated by videos posted on the Internet, came one day after Syrian government targets in central Damascus were hit by multiple car bombings that were among the deadliest and most destructive so far in the nearly two-year-old conflict.

The report said the Hamra, Tariq al Bab and Hanano areas of Aleppo were hit with Scuds, which are not known for their accuracy; it was the second report this week of the military using such missiles on rebel-held areas.

Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial capital, has become one of the focal points of rebellion in the uprising against President Bashar Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group with contacts inside Syria, said that the victims of missile explosions in Aleppo on Friday included children and that the number of victims “is expected to rise significantly because there are dozens of wounded under the rubble.”

State-run news media made no immediate mention of the Aleppo attacks. The website of Syria’s official SANA news agency was dominated by the aftermath of the car bombings in Damascus on Thursday, which killed more than 70 people. The ferocity and scope of those bombings were unusual for central Damascus, which until now has been largely insulated from the carnage and destruction.

No group has taken responsibility for the Damascus bombings but the government has said they were carried out by terrorists, its generic description for the alliance of armed rebels seeking to oust Assad. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, the main Syrian group for the opposition, which was meeting in Cairo at the time, condemned the bombings, as did its Western supporters, including the United States.

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