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Missile strike hits Aleppo neighborhood

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Free Syrian Army fighters and civilians react as they run after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

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People rescue a family member stuck in their house after a jet missile hit al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

By Reuters

A jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Wednesday. A "Scud-type" missile killed at least 20 people in Aleppo yesterday, according to opposition activists.

As the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, now a civil war, nears its two-year mark, rebels also landed three mortar bombs in the rarely-used presidential palace compound in the capital Damascus, opposition activists said on Tuesday.

The United Nations estimates 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict between largely Sunni Muslim rebels and Assad's supporters among his minority Alawite sect. An international diplomatic deadlock has prevented intervention, as the war worsens sectarian tensions throughout the Middle East.

A Russian official said on Tuesday that Moscow, which is a long-time ally of Damascus, would not immediately back U.N. investigators' calls for some Syrian leaders to face the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Continue reading.

Muzaffar Salman / Reuters

Free Syrian Army fighters and civilians search for survivors under rubble after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

Muzaffar Salman / Reuters

A man carries a child who was wounded after a jet missile hit the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

Muzaffar Salman / Reuters

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries the remnant of a missile fired by a jet at the al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

George Ourfalian / Reuters

Soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their tank patrol the streets in al-Sabaa Bahrat district, an area controlled by Free Syrian Army fighters, in the center of Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 20.

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