“BLOODY BASHAR – THE DIALOGUE PARTNER” KILLS KURDISH CHILDREN : Syrian air raid kills 15 in Kurdish area of Aleppo

April 7, 2013 – BEIRUT, AFP –  Nine Kurdish children were among at least 15 people killed in an air strike on a mainly Kurdish district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, a watchdog said.”The number of people killed in an air strike on the western edges of Sheikh Maksoud has risen to 15 … Among them were nine children aged under 18 years and three women,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It was not immediately clear if any of the casualties were fighters from the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Syria’s branch of Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Britain-based Observatory said.

After the strike, Kurdish fighters killed five soldiers in an attack on an army checkpoint, the watchdog added. Up until now, Syria’s Kurds have been split over their country’s anti-regime uprising, with most trying to maintain neutrality. Amateur video distributed by the Syrian Revolution General Commission, an activist network, showed burnt bodies lying in rubble, reportedly filmed after the strike. The video shows a woman screaming as she picks up the body of a young girl from the ground.