At least 10 dead in Syria’s largest city

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A Bol­ly­wood film pro­ducer Anurag Kashyap has taken his row with In­dia’s cen­sor board to court, chal­leng­ing dozens of cuts and changes to a film that de­picts the men­ace of drug abuse in the north­ern state of Pun­jab. Cen­sor board chief Pahlaj Ni­halini said that the movie wrongly de­picts 70 per cent of peo­ple of the state con­sum­ing drugs and de­fam­ing them. Kashyap said 89 cuts to the film were de­manded and he was asked to drop the name of the state from the ti­tle, Udta Pun­jab, or Fly­ing Pun­jab. Airstrikes on rebel-held dis­tricts of Syria’s con­tested city of Aleppo, in­clud­ing one that struck near a hos­pi­tal, killed at least 10 peo­ple and left many oth­ers wounded, Syr­ian op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said yes­ter­day.

Syria’s largest city has seen an in­crease in vi­o­lence in the last two days, with gov­ern­ment forces pound­ing rebel-held eastern parts of the city with airstrikes while rebels are shelling western, gov­ern­ment-held parts of Aleppo.

The ac­tivists said one of the strikes yes­ter­day hit near the Bayan hos­pi­tal in the Shaar neigh­bour­hood. Ama­teur videos up­loaded on the in­ter­net by ac­tivists show mas­sive de­struc­tion, fires and thick black smoke bil­low­ing from build­ings.

Wounded peo­ple are seen be­ing loaded into am­bu­lances. A body cov­ered in thick gray dust is ly­ing face down on a street lit­tered with de­bris.

The In­de­pen­dent Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, which de­scribes it­self as a cross-border Syr­ian hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing health care to the prov­ince and the city of Aleppo, said on its Twit­ter ac­count that an airstrike hit a chil­dren's hos­pi­tal it runs, de­stroy­ing one floor.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a Bri­tain-based op­po­si­tion mon­i­tor­ing group, said at least 10, in­clud­ing chil­dren, were killed.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if they were all vic­tims of the strike that hit near the hos­pi­tal.

The Lo­cal Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tees, which also closely fol­lows the con­flict in Syria, also re­ported the airstrikes, say­ing they re­sulted in mul­ti­ple ca­su­al­ties.

Hos­pi­tals have be­come a reg­u­lar tar­get in Syria's civil war, now in its sixth year.

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