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News Summary: Syria airstrikes kill at least 43

The Associated Press
Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

GOVERNMENT ATTACKS: Government airstrikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and leveled buildings, forcing residents to search through rubble for bodies, anti-regime activists said.

CIVILIAN TARGETS: Rights groups say the airstrikes often hit civilian areas. And this week, Human Rights Watch accused Syria of using cluster munitions.

MORE DENIALS: The regime contends that it is fighting terrorists backed by foreign powers who seek to destroy Syria. It also denied using cluster munitions.