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

In this Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, 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 rebels fire their anti-aircraft gun at Syrian 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, in a ferocious attack that killed at least 36 people, including 17 children, activists said. The AMC logo has been inserted in top right corner and the initials AMC appear on weapon. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

In this Saturday Feb. 1, 2014, 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 rebels fire their anti-aircraft gun at Syrian 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, in a ferocious attack that killed at least 36 people, including 17 children, activists said. The AMC logo has been inserted in top right corner and the initials AMC appear on weapon. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)  (The Associated Press)

Syrian activists say government airstrikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 18 people, including five children.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Monday's air raids hit the districts of Hanano, Qadi Askar and Mouwasalat.

The attacks come a day after President Bashar Assad's air force killed at least 36 people in opposition areas of Aleppo.

Syrian military aircraft have been pounding rebel areas of the divided city for weeks. Many of the air raids have been carried out by helicopters that drop so-called barrel bombs — primitive contraptions packed with explosives, fuel and scraps of metal — that cause severe damage on impact.