August 27, 2016 6:14 pm

Syrian planes bomb city of Homs, kill 2 children

Displaced young Syrians sit on a railing in front of heavily damaged buildings in the central Syrian city of Homs.

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Syrian activists say government airplanes have attacked a besieged neighbourhood in the central city of Homs, including with incendiary bombs that killed two children and left one badly burned.

Hayyan, a Homs resident whose parents remain in the al-Waer neighbourhood, said government warplanes launched 18 airstrikes Saturday in the area, the last two of which dropped incendiary bombs. Hayyan, a doctor who runs a volunteer group in the province, refused to be identified further due to concerns for his and his family’s safety.

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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a brother and sister were killed in the airstrikes that left their bodies badly charred. Al-Waer is the last rebel-held area in Homs, Syria’s third largest city. It has been besieged for months with only intermittent international aid deliveries getting through.

The escalation against the neighbourhood comes after the evacuation of Daraya, a Damascus suburb, following a deal struck with the government after a grueling bombing campaign and a tight siege.

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