80-year-old woman curled under Aleppo home

Syrian Civil Defence workers help free an 80-year-old woman from under the rubble of her home, where she spent several hours, following a reported air strike in the northern city of Aleppo on February 21, 2015. (AFP)

An 80-year-old woman was rescued from the rubble of her home in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, after it was destroyed in an air strike.

The woman was reportedly trapped for several hours before she was spotted and rescued, according to ‘DailyMail’.

She was seen curled up, in a small alcove beneath a section of the collapsed building - her arm shielding her head from falling rock. The seriousness of her injuries was not known.

According to a Reuters report, a monitoring group said on Saturday Syrian government forces and allied militants killed 48 fighters and family members during last week's offensive against opposition-held areas in Aleppo province, but the army denied it.

"I deny completely such an act that cannot be committed by the Syrian army whose duty is to protect lives and not kill people," a military source told Reuters.

He said armed groups kill residents whom they suspect of being loyal or working with the government and accuse the army of committing the acts.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday the dead were shot mainly in their homes in the village of Raitan on Tuesday shortly after the village fell to the army and loyalist forces including Iranian fighters and members of Lebanese Hezbollah.

Five women and 10 children were among those killed, it added.

Rami Abdul Rahman, the head of the monitor, said his group confirmed the killings in the village from locals.
Reuters could not verify these accounts.

Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city, is at the forefront of clashes.

Nearly four years of fighting in Syria has killed at least  200,000 people and forced 10 million from their homes, triggering a humanitarian crisis that shows no sign of ending.

The army made rapid advances in its offensive but met strong resistance and had to withdraw from Raitan and Hardatain, the  monitor and rebel groups say.

Abdul Rahman said dozens of government forces had been killed and many were captured.
 

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