At least 16 dead in Aleppo

This image provided by Edlib News Network (ENN), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show anti-Syrian government protesters holding a banner during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Direct talks planned between President Bashar Assad's government and the Western-backed opposition hoping to overthrow him were scrapped Friday, and the two sides will meet a U.N. mediator in different rooms at different times. The Arabic Banner in the background reads: "Kafr Nabil."(AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)
This image provided by Edlib News Network (ENN), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, show anti-Syrian government protesters holding a banner during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Direct talks planned between President Bashar Assad's government and the Western-backed opposition hoping to overthrow him were scrapped Friday, and the two sides will meet a U.N. mediator in different rooms at different times. The Arabic Banner in the background reads: "Kafr Nabil."(AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

BEIRUT (AP) – Activists say the latest Syrian government shelling has killed at least 16 people in a rebel-held area of the northern city of Aleppo.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the shells struck at the city’s Qadi Askar area. Abdurrahman says the shelling took place on Thursday and that it took hours to verify the number of the victims.

The Aleppo Media Center, another activist group, also provided a similar report.

Syrian forces have been shelling rebel-held parts of Aleppo for weeks, on many occasions unleashing barrels packed with explosives from military helicopters.

The shelling has taken place as Syrian ground forces inch closer to eastern parts of Aleppo, which rebels seized in July 2012.

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