Syrian airstrikes kill 51 in Aleppo

In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian men help survivors out of a destroyed building after a Syrian forces warplane's attack in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/AMC)
In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian men help survivors out of a destroyed building after a Syrian forces warplane's attack in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian military aircraft dropped barrels bombs on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo. (AP Photo/AMC)

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian activists say 51 people, including 13 rebels, have been killed in a single day of government airstrikes and shelling of opposition-controlled districts of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights says most of the victims died from airstrikes and barrel bomb dumped on eight rebel-held districts of the northern city on Wednesday. The rest died from artillery shelling and sniper fire.

The Observatory has been documenting Syria’s conflict since its start in March 2011 through a network of activists on the ground.

It released its report on the latest Aleppo casualties on Thursday, ahead of a trilateral meeting between U.S., Russian and U.N. official with Syrian government and opposition representatives in Geneva.

The international mediators are trying to salvage the faltering peace negotiations.

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