Mar­ket raid kills 53: group

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CAIRO: At least 53 peo­ple had been killed in air raids on a mar­ket in a north­ern Syr­ian town that is part of a so-called de-es­ca­la­tion zone, a mon­i­tor­ing group said yes­ter­day.

The mar­ket in rebel-held Attareb was hit by at least three raids, the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said, adding that it was not clear if they were car­ried out by Syr­ian or al­lied Rus­sian war­planes.

Lo­cal ac­tivists posted pic­tures of mas­sive dam­age and of dead peo­ple. Five chil­dren were among the dead, ac­cord­ing to the Ob­ser­va­tory.

“De-es­ca­la­tion zones” were set up ear­lier this year un­der a deal signed by Syr­ian gov­ern­ment al­lies Rus­sia and Iran, and Tur­key, one of the Syr­ian op­po­si­tion’s main back­ers. They were sup­posed to cre­ate safe havens for civil­ians.

The mar­ket raid came hours af­ter Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment’s tac­tics, in­clud­ing sieges, killings and forced dis­place­ment, were crimes against hu­man­ity.

In a re­port, ti­tled “We leave or we die”, the group said such ac­tions were con­ducted by the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment be­tween Au­gust last year and March this year in six re­gions near Da­m­as­cus as well as in the ci­ties of Aleppo, Idlib and Homs. – ANA-DPA

PIC­TURE: AP

Peo­ple in­spect­ing dam­age from airstrikes in Atareb town, in western Aleppo coun­try­side, Syria, yes­ter­day.

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