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Air raids on Syria's Aleppo kill 9

  • Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, talks about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)

    Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, talks about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, take their seats at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, to discuss the crisis in Syria.  (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photos via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, take their seats at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, to discuss the crisis in Syria. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photos via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Volunteer first responders in Syria's Aleppo say they have pulled the bodies of nine people, including four children, from the rubble following air raids on a rebel-held area.

The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said helicopters dropped crude barrel bombs over the area on Friday. The activist-operated Aleppo Media Center also reported that nine were killed in the bombing.

Pro-government forces have recently stepped up attacks on rebel-held Aleppo, after regaining control this week of a major artery in the city's south, which rebel forces had taken last month.

Friday's air raids on the city's southern edge came after a wave of bombings, including suspected gas attacks, blamed on the government.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, has been divided since 2012.