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Activists: Syrian forces drop barrel bomb on mosque in rebel-held Aleppo area, killing 5

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    Map locates Aleppo, Syria, where government forces launched air raids; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm;The Associated Press

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    This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying a wounded child following a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. 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 at least 36 people, including children, activists said. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)The Associated Press

Activists say Syrian forces have dropped a crude bomb on a mosque in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least five people, including children.

Activist Hassoun Abu Faisal of the Aleppo Media Center says the mosque in the Masaken Hanano area was also used as a school and that children were inside when it was hit on Tuesday with a barrel bomb — a crude device packed with fuel and scraps of metal.

The Local Coordinating Committees, another activist group, says five people were killed. It wasn't immediately clear how many were children.

President Bashar Assad's troops have pounded opposition areas of the divided city since mid-December, intensifying their efforts to seize rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the bombings.