At least 44 people died Sunday and dozens more were wounded in an aerial bombardment by the Syrian regime of the Masaken Hanano neighborhood in the city of Aleppo, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, told Efe.

He said that the death toll could rise because of the seriousness of the injuries sustained by many of the wounded and the high number of missing people in the wake of the bombardment.

Abdulrahman said that among the dead are six children and two doctors who were working in the area, as well as volunteers who were helping the health care services.

Forces of the regime of President Bashar al Assad dropped barrels filled with explosives on the area from helicopters, using the same tactic in the neighborhoods of Al Haidariya and Al Ahmadiya, where a market was damaged.

Syrian aircraft also attacked other towns around Aleppo, including Marea, where nine people died, more than 40 were wounded and a number of homes were destroyed.

The Observatory said that medical centers in the area are suffering from a shortage of medicines and urgent care supplies.

It also asked that school classes be suspended this coming week to prevent students and teachers from becoming casualties, given that similar bombardments have been staged against educational centers recently.

Over the past week, Aleppo and surrounding towns have been the targets of air attacks and other bombardments, most of them by government troops, as well as heavy fighting on the ground.

According to the United Nations, the Syrian conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 people since it erupted in March 2011, but the Observatory recently raised its death toll figure to more than 125,000. EFE