30 Killed in Air Strike Against Northern Syria Rebel Town

Warplanes Hit Crowded Marketplace

by Jason Ditz, April 24, 2014

At least 30 people were killed and scores of others wounded today when Syrian warplanes launched an air strike against the northern town of Atareb, just outside of Aleppo.

The rebel-held town was targeted early in the day, and the strike hit a crowded vegetable market, killing a lot of innocent bystanders. Rebels say the toll may rise further, as many of the wounded are not expected to survive.

Atareb, like many other cities in Aleppo, has paid a heavy price in the civil war, and has traded hands multiple times over the past few years between the military, al-Qaeda, and other rebel factions.

It is unclear exactly what the intended target was in today’s attack, but it does not appear any significant rebel targets were hit.

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