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Rockets kill 6 civilians in Syria's Aleppo: state media

AFP  |  Damascus 

Rockets fired by jihadists on Sunday killed at least six civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which is held by Bashar al-Assad's regime, state agency reported.

is located in the north of the country next to Idlib, a province dominated by Syria's former affiliate, (HTS).

Since the regime regained control of at the end of 2016, the city has been targeted intermittently by jihadists and rebel fighters.

said the rockets fired by "terrorist groups" killed six people and wounded seven in neighbourhoods of Aleppo, using its terminology for jihadists and rebels.

The for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the rockets were fired by jihadist groups, notably HTS.

It said 20 rockets were fired into several neighbourhoods of Aleppo, but put the toll at three dead civilians, including a child, and five members of the

A with AFP saw pools of blood and body parts on the ground as well as a car with shrapnel holes.

In front of an morgue, a man was seen trying to calm down a child who was crying out for his lost mother, before he also broke down in tears.

Opposition fighters and jihadists overran large parts of in the first years of war that broke out in 2011.

But since intervened on Assad's side in 2015 the regime has notched up a series of victories against them.

It has recaptured all rebel areas but province and parts of the neighbouring provinces of Hama, Aleppo and

Since September, these areas have been subject of a Russian-Turkish agreement providing for the creation of a "demilitarised zone" allowing them to avoid a vast government offensive.

Despite the initiative whose terms have not been respected, the regime has resumed its deadly bombings in Idlib, while jihadists have launched attacks against government-held positions.

The eight-year conflict has claimed more than 370,000 lives and displaced millions of people.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 22:55 IST