Airstrikes bloody mar­ket in Syria

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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