Damascus dropped 'thousands' of barrel bombs in 2018
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Damascus dropped 'thousands' of barrel bombs in 2018

185 civilians killed by barrel bombs last year alone, Syrian Network for Human Rights asserts

News Service AA

The Syrian regime dropped thousands of internationally-banned barrel bombs in 2018, causing numerous civilian casualties in opposition-held parts of the country, a U.K.-based rights watchdog said Tuesday.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), as many as 185 civilians -- including 51 children and 55 women -- were killed by barrel bombs last year alone.

Frequently used in civilian communities, barrel bombs -- which can raze areas of between 50 and 200 square meters -- have been used by the regime roughly 26,000 times since September 2015, the SNHR claims.

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