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Syria government airstrikes kill at least 8 in IS-held city

Created: 01/29/2015 9:21 AM
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government airstrikes have killed at least eight people in a northern town held by the Islamic State.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes targeted the city of al-Bab on Thursday. The Observatory, which obtains its information from a network of activists on the ground, said the dead included women and children and that the toll was likely to rise because many people were wounded.

The Aleppo Media Center, a local activist group, said 15 people were killed in four airstrikes that targeted a crowded sheep market. Conflicting death tolls are common after such strikes.

Human rights groups and local activists say Syrian government forces often show disregard for civilians when targeting suspected militants.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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