Airstrikes bloody market in Syria
BEIRUT — At least 21 people were killed in an airstrike on a market in north Syria, activists reported Monday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were three strikes on a market in Atareb in the opposition-held countryside outside Aleppo on Monday. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is controlled by the government.
Atareb has been hit by Russian and Syrian government airstrikes since 2015, when Russia intervened in the war in Syria to turn the tide in President Bashar Assad’s favor. The town has become home to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in nearby areas.
Media from the town published by the activist-run Thiqa news agency showed rescuers and civilians pulling out victims and limbs from under rubble stretching along several storefronts. The agency said at least 43 people were killed and 70 wounded.
A police station next to the market was also struck, according to Thiqa director Darwish Saleh.
The Observatory said 21 civilians were killed, among them 5 children and 3 women. It said many more were severely wounded.