Monday, 13 November 2017

Syria war: Air strike on Atareb market 'kills dozens'

Dozens of civilians are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a rebel-held town in northern Syria.

The Syria Civil Defence, whose rescue workers are also known as the White Helmets, said a raid on Atareb had left 43 people dead, among them children.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the town's market was hit and that 29 were killed.

It is not clear whether the strike was carried out by Syrian government warplanes or those of its ally Russia.

But the town is located in an area of Aleppo province that is part of a "de-escalation zone" established earlier this year by Russia, Iran and rebel-backer Turkey.

Aftermath of a reported air strike on a market in the rebel-held town of Atareb in northern Syria on 13 November 2017

The Syrian Observatory, which monitors the country's civil war through a network of sources on the ground, said Atareb's market place was hit three times on Monday, and that five children and three women were among those killed.

BBC     News.