'Killing of Syrian civilians is normal'

Over 100 Syrian civilians were bombed while queuing for bread at a bakery.

Civilians were killed when Syrian forces bombed a bakery where people were queuing for bread.

JOHANNESBURG - Aid organisation Gift of the Givers on Monday said the bombing of civilians in Syria is nothing unusual.

The organisation returned from the war-torn country last week after setting up a hospital in the Idlib region, where President Bashar al-Assad's regime has been launching intense air raids on rebels, in recent months.

It comes as more than a 100 people were killed on Sunday when regime forces bombed a bakery where people were queuing for bread.

Gift of the Givers' Imtiaz Sooliman said, "The ongoing deaths of civilians in huge numbers in various parts of the country is very much standard. The dropping of bombs in market places, where there are schools, industrial areas, is quite normal."

The rebels want Assad to step down after becoming president in 2000.

Various countries have tried to mediate in the conflict but so far all attempts to bring peace in Syria have failed.