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Air strike on Halfaya bakery was a "punishment" for the rebel-held town, activist in suburbs of Hama, tells Al Jazeera

Last modified: 23 Dec 2012 21:37

At least 90 people were killed and scores of others injured in an air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province, activists said.

Activists on Sunday told Al Jazeera that the death toll was likely to rise in the town of Halfaya, where the strike hit.

Mousab al-Hamadee, an activist in the suburbs of Hama, told Al Jazeera that Halfaya and nearby towns have witnessed heavy shelling since rebels began advancing in the province.

He said the airstrikes were "a message from the regime. They came as a punishment for the residents of rebel-held Halfaya".

Al Jazeera spoke to Hamadee.

For more details on the deadly air strike, click here.