Almost 50 killed in Syria on ceasefire's
last day: monitor
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[July 09, 2016]
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes
killed 23 people at a holiday spot in Syria's Idlib province while at
least 25 died when rebels shelled government-held areas of Aleppo city
on Friday, the last day of a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian
army, a war monitor said.
A riverside area in the town of Darkush, near the Turkish border, in
western Idlib province was targeted in the air strikes. Idlib province
and city are under the control of rebel groups including the al
Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.
The dead and injured had come from towns around the province to enjoy
the Muslim Eid holiday weekend, witnesses and the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said.
The death toll, which included 10 women and two children, is likely to
rise due to the number of severely injured people, according to the
"It was a terrifying sight because most of the people had fallen into
the river next to the spring. There were children, women, men," Ahmad
Yaziji, a civil defense chief in the nearby town of Jisr al-Shughour,
The civil defense are first responders in opposition-held territory of
Syria, now in its sixth year of civil war.
"The area which was targeted had no military positions in it at all and
never had done," Yaziji said.
A 72-hour ceasefire was announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday, but
rebels and the Observatory said there had been little let-up in the
On Thursday, government forces took a step toward completely encircling
rebel-held parts of Aleppo, capturing ground overlooking the only road
into the opposition half of the city and effectively putting those areas
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Men carry an injured girl after an airstrike on Aleppo's rebel held
Kadi Askar area, Syria July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail
At least 25 people were killed, including six children, in
government-held parts of the northern city and more than 120 were
injured when dozens of rebel-fired rockets fell on the area on
Friday, the Observatory said.
Syrian state media reported roughly similar figures.
Syrian and Russian jets carry out air strikes across Syria but it
was not known who carried out Friday's attack in Idlib.
Russia sent warplanes to Syria last year to support President Bashar
al-Assad against rebels seeking to end his rule, and have supported
Syrian government forces in a separate fight against Islamic State
militants further east.
Fighting has intensified since a February ceasefire deal unravelled.
(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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