By Anne Barnard, New York Times, Jan. 14/15, 2013
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian warplanes have killed dozens of civilians, including more than 20 children, in an intensifying campaign of anti-insurgency airstrikes across the country over the past few days, bombing some targets as families were congregating outside to enjoy a sunny break from prolonged winter storms, activists and international medical aid workers said Monday.
Their version of events was disputed by the Syrian government, which said through the official news agency that the airstrikes had made great progress against what it called armed terrorists fighting against President Bashar al-Asad.
But the activist accounts were buttressed, at least in one case, by an unusually detailed description from the group Doctors Without Borders, which has been operating quietly in Syrian areas near the Turkish border, where the insurgency is relatively entrenched. “We could not keep silent,” Shinjiro Murata, the head of Doctors Without Borders mission, said in a telephone interview from Aleppo Province. “We are sure that civilians were deliberately targeted.” [.....]