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44 dead in suspected regime strikes on Syria markets: Monitor

AFP , Tuesday 19 Apr 2016
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Suspected government air strikes killed at least 44 civilians at two markets in a part of northeastern Syria controlled by the war-torn country's Al-Qaeda affiliate, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described as a "massacre" the strikes on a vegetable market in Maaret al-Numan that killed at least 37 civilians and at least another seven at a market in nearby Kafranbel.

Previously, the Britain-based monitor had put the toll in Maaret al-Numan at five dead and dozens wounded.

The two locations, both in Idlib province, are only 10 kilometres (six miles) apart.

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