Syria fires missiles into populated areas, killing hundreds of civilians: Human Rights Watch

BEIRUT – says the is firing into populated areas where it is battling , killing hundreds of civilians.

The U.S.-based group said in a report released Monday that it has investigated nine apparent that killed at least 215 people, half of them children, between February and July.

HRW visited seven sites of the nine attacks. There were no apparent near the inspected sites, the group said in a statement, calling on to stop .

Government officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The military has repeatedly denied it is targeting civilians during the 2-year , saying its troops are fighting “terrorists” hiding in civilian areas.

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