INTERNATIONAL

Toll In Syria Market Strikes Rises To 61: Monitor

Air strikes on a market kills at least 61civilians, including children, in a town in northern Syria despite a "de-escalation zone" in place there.

A number of people died of their wounds, bringing the toll to 61 people, including five children and three policemen.

The Britain-based monitor said it was not clear whether the bombing raids had been carried out by Syrian government warplanes, or those of its ally Russia.

Atareb is in the west of Aleppo province, in an area that is part of a "de-escalation zone" agreed under a deal reached earlier this year between Syria's allies Russia and Iran, and rebel backer Turkey.

Despite the government's recapture of Aleppo city late last year, rebel groups maintain a presence in the west of the province.