Syrian government airstrikes kill at least 18 in rebel-held areas of northern city of Aleppo

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In this Sunday Feb. 2, 2014 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings damaged by Syrian government forces airplanes, in Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government helicopters and warplanes unleashed a wave of airstrikes on more than a dozen opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, firing missiles and dropping crude barrel bombs in a ferocious attack that killed dozens of people, including at least 17 children, activists said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

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The opposition and rights groups accuse the government of holding tens of thousands of detainees, many of whom it is feared have been tortured. Last month, a trove of photographs was published that document the killing of some 11,000 detainees by Syrian authorities. The digital images, smuggled out by an alleged defector, showed the victims' bodies with severe marks of beating and extreme emaciation suggestive of starvation.

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