BEIRUT – The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
The U.N. human rights chief is condemning as "murderous attacks" air strikes on camps for displaced people in Syria that left at least 28 people dead, including women and children.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Friday that the bombings a day earlier in Sarmada, in a rebel-held area near Syria's northwestern border with Turkey, appeared to be evidence of "a particularly despicable and calculated crime."
He said initial but as-yet unverified reports suggested government aircraft carried out the attacks. A Syrian military official has denied any army operation against the camp.
Zeid said: "It is hard to find any more words to describe the horror" facing Syrian civilians, noting they have been tortured in prisons, subjected to xenophobia in Europe, and bombed and killed in homes, hospitals, camps and the streets.
Activists say a coalition of Syrian rebels and hard-line jihadists have seized a strategic village from pro-government forces just 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the contested city of Aleppo.
The Britain-based monitoring group The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at Friday that least 43 insurgents and 30 pro-government fighters died in the battle for Khan Touman.
Aleppo-area opposition media activist Bahaa al-Halaby says the insurgents took control of Khan Touman around 7 a.m.
The offensive signals the reemergence of the powerful Jaish al-Fatah, or Army of Conquest, jihadist coalition in the conflict. It is made up predominantly of militants from al-Qaida's Syria Affiliate, the Nusra Front, and other ultraconservative factions. The Observatory says other non-jihadist rebels fought for Khan Touman on the side of the coalition, too.