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Death toll from airstrikes on market in Syria climbs to 61

By The Associated Press
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BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group on Tuesday raised the death toll from airstrikes on a market in a northern, rebel-held town in Syria the previous day to 61 as rescue workers continued searching for victims buried under the rubble.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were at least three airstrikes on the market in the town of Atareb.

Those killed included six women, five children and three police officers, according to the monitoring group. The Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman, says the rest were male civilians.

Atareb and the countryside around it remain outside the control of the government in Damascus. Government forces retook the nearby city of Aleppo, Syria's largest, following a ferocious assault on the rebel-held neighborhoods there in 2015.

The town population has swelled with the arrival of Syrians fleeing from the fighting elsewhere in the country's north. Atarab's market drew not just the townspeople but also shoppers from the countryside and nearby villages.

"You can see the body fragments in the rubble," said Yasser Hmeish, a medical technician at the scene. "This morning I saw civilians and rescue workers trying to lift the cement chunks to find the missing."

"There were restaurants, mobile phone shops, butchers: it was a market in the full sense of the word," Hmeish added. "It's been completely destroyed."

The airstrikes ripped through the market, crushed buildings and damaged an adjacent traffic police station. Survivors found limbs in the rubble and corpses with their heads crushed by the pressure of the blasts.

The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue volunteers, popularly known as the White Helmets, told The Associated Press they gave up hope of finding more survivors after dawn on Tuesday but were continuing recovery operations.

The Observatory said it couldn't determine whether Russia or the Syrian government was behind the attack. The opposition Syrian National Coalition accused Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad' chief military backer.

The attack was the latest breach in a "de-escalation" agreement mediated by Russia that sought to protect the civilian population but that has largely proven unenforceable.

Syria's civil war, now in its seventh year, has killed at least 400,000 people and displaced 11 million — half of Syria's pre-war population.

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