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Rebel-held Syrian town bombed ‘immediately’ after earthquake, death toll rises to over 5200

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The Syrian government bombed an opposition-held area of the country in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, according to the UK government.

President Bashar al-Assad launched a “truly callous and heinous attack” on Marea, a town in northwestern Syria affected by the earthquake, said MP Alicia Kearns, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly criticised the Assad regime for the “completely unacceptable bombing”.

Mr. Cleverly said: “[Ms. Kearns] is absolutely right to highlight the completely unacceptable bombing of areas in the immediate aftermath of this natural disaster.

“Sadly it speaks to a long-standing pattern of behaviour by the Assad regime, a regime that we condemn, have sanctioned and will continue to bring about sanctions – working with our international friends and partners – to try and prevent behaviour like this occurring again.”

Much of Syria has been ravaged by years of civil war and contested control of territories near the border with Turkey.

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