61 killed in airstrikes in Syria

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AIRSTRIKES that ripped through a mar­ket in a rebel-held Syr­ian town have killed 61 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, an up­dated toll from a mon­i­tor said on Tues­day.

Three strikes hit the north­ern town of Atareb on Mon­day, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said, de­spite a ‘de- es­ca­la­tion zone’ in place there.

“A num­ber of peo­ple died of their wounds, bring­ing the toll to 61 peo­ple, in­clud­ing five chil­dren and three po­lice­men.”

The Bri­tain-based mon­i­tor said it was not clear whether the bomb­ing raids had been car­ried out by Syr­ian gov­ern­ment war­planes, or those of its ally Rus­sia.

A pho­tog­ra­pher con­tribut­ing to AFP saw mas­sive de­struc­tion at the scene on Mon­day, with rub­ble from dam­aged build­ings cov­er­ing the street and pan­icked civil­ians car­ry­ing away the wounded.

Atareb is in the west of Aleppo province, in an area that is part of a ‘de-es­ca­la­tion zone’ agreed un­der a deal reached ear­lier this year be­tween Syria’s al­lies Rus­sia and Iran, and rebel backer Turkey.

The zone mostly cov­ers neigh­bour­ing Idlib province, which is largely held by a ji­hadist group for­merly af­fil­i­ated with Al-Qaeda.

Syr­ian men carry a wounded man fol­low­ing a re­ported airstrike on the rebel-held town of Atareb in Syria’s north­ern Aleppo province on Mon­day. (AFP)

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