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At least 15 dead after airstrike on rebel area in Aleppo

The attack targeted three buildings in the district of Kalassa that were almost flattened, killing at least four children.

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The attack targeted three buildings in the district of Kalassa that were almost flattened, killing at least four children.

BEIRUT — Syrian warplanes struck targets in a rebel-held district in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Friday, killing at least 15 people, wounding dozens of others, and leaving some buried under the rubble of buildings, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center said the airstrike targeted three buildings in the district of Kalassa that were almost flattened, killing at least four children. They said many people were missing and residents were struggling to save people trapped under cement blocks and debris.

Men carried a wounded girl rescued from building debris.

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Men carried a wounded girl rescued from building debris.

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The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground in Syria, said the death toll was likely to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition and others were missing. The Aleppo Media Center, which tracks violence in the city, said 33 people were killed and over a hundred wounded in the airstrike. The different figures could not be reconciled.

Aleppo has been the focus of a violent struggle for control since rebel forces pushed in and began fighting with government troops there last summer. Since then, the battle has fallen into a stalemate, with districts carved up into rebel and government-held neighborhoods separated by checkpoints.

Activists also reported heavy fighting in several areas of the country, including the contested Qaboun district on the edge of the capital, Damascus. Government troops have been trying to dislodge rebels from the area, which they use to lob mortars into the city.

Also on Friday, the UN refugee agency said an unusually large wave of Syrian families has been pouring into Iraq’s Kurdistan region this week.

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