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    Atareb market: Dozens of civilians killed in airstrike on rebel-held town in northern Syria

    Video of the immediate aftermath of the strike on Atareb market shows an apocalyptic scene — buildings were reduced to rubble and a massive crater could be seen in the ground.


    Video of the immediate aftermath of a deadly air strike on Atareb market in northern Syria showed an apocalyptic scene.

    Buildings were reduced to rubble and a massive crater could be seen in the ground.

    Injured and bleeding survivors, including a small boy covered in blood, wandered dazed around the site.

    At least 53 people were killed according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which said the market was hit by three separate strikes.

    It was not clear whether the strike was carried out by Syrian Government warplanes or those of its ally, Russia.

    The town is located in an area of Aleppo province that is supposedly part of a "de-escalation zone" established earlier this year by Russia, Iran and rebel-backer Turkey.

    Aleppo journalist and opposition activist Abdulkafi Alhamdo said he had been at the market an hour before the airstrike, shopping with his young daughter.

    "We then heard a very, very strong bomb," he told the ABC.

    "I arrived [after the attack] it was completely destroyed. From the first shop to the last shop."

    Mr Alhamdo described the market as a "very crowded place" that is normally difficult to drive through because of the number of people in the streets.

    "I saw people lying, bodies inured, some people were half covered by the rubble," he told the ABC.

    "I saw some organs, hands, legs all over there.

    "A lot of people were just lying on the ground crying. Everyone was in shock."

    Media from the town published by the activist-run Thiqa news agency showed rescuers and civilians pulling out victims and limbs from under rubble stretching along several storefronts — the agency said at least 43 people were killed and 90 wounded.

    Atareb and the Aleppo province around it remain outside the control of the Damascus-based government which wants to retake all of Syria following six years of civil war that has killed at least 400,000 people and displaced 11 million others.

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