Syrian forces launch new Aleppo strikes

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BEIRUT — Syrian military helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives in Syria’s latest air raids on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo Saturday, killing at least 23 people, including a family of eight trapped in a burning car, activists said.

In Lebanon, a car bomb blew up near a gas station in a Shiite town, killing at least three people, in an attack linked to the war in Syria.

Footage on al-Manar television, associated with the Shiite group Hezbollah, showed a bright orange blaze as black silhouettes of people ran by the gas station in the town of Hermel near the Syrian border. Blasts could be heardd. The Lebanese Red Cross said another 18 people were wounded.

It was the latest attack targeting Lebanon’s Shiite community, as Syria’s violence causes Lebanon’s sectarian tensions to escalate.

Sunni militant groups have claimed responsibility for attacks on Shiite parts of Lebanon. They say it is in retaliation for the Shiite Hezbollah group sending its fighters into Syria’s civil war to support forces of President Bashar Assad.

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