BEIRUT – Men pull a girl from the rubble and haul her onto a dirty sheet of plastic, while another child, coated in white dust save for a red streak of blood from his nose, lies with his crushed leg dangling off a gurney – the grisly aftermath from the dropping of a crude “barrel bomb” by Syrian forces on the city of Aleppo.
The bombing – one of at least seven such attacks Tuesday in Aleppo – struck a mosque that was being used as a school, killing at least 11 people, including at least five children, activists said.
A video supplied by activists showed scenes of the carnage and was consistent with what reporting by The Associated Press found.
It was the latest example of the heightened use of barrel bombs, devices packed with fuel, explosives and scrap metal and hurled from helicopters. Since Thursday, about 80 people have been killed by barrel bombs used by President Bashar Assad’s forces to try to dislodge rebels from Aleppo, according to figures provided by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground.
The video shows and boys running around a building that has been torn in half by an explosion. It is the beginning of a grim litany of death, as seen from the jerking camera.
A child, his legs missing, lies on the ground, partly covered by a blanket. A man carries a lifeless boy and leaves him on the sidewalk near two other mangled corpses. An older man with a bloodied face stumbles toward the child, weeping, “Oh, God, your grace, oh, God.”
“Bashar, you lowlife!” cries one man, referring to the Syrian ruler, raising his hands angrily to the sky.