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43 killed in Syria violence

43 killed in Syria violence
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Violence continued in Syria on Saturday as gunmen shot 11 people mostly Christians dead in central Syria. In another incident Syrian war planes killed...

Beirut (Syria): Violence continued in Syria on Saturday as gunmen shot 11 people mostly Christians dead in central Syria. In another incident Syrian war planes killed at least fifteen and injured many near Aleppo. Meanwhile, an Al-Qaeda linked group killed 17 people in the northeastern Syrian town Kurdish.

In the first incident, gunmen randomly opened fire on a street as Christians were celebrating a feast day. The state-run SANA news agency described the attack as a "massacre" and said women and children were among the dead. But activists said that many of those killed were pro-government militiamen manning checkpoints.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nine of those killed were Christians. It said rebels attacked checkpoints manned by the pro-government National Defense Forces militia, killing five of them. It said the other six were civilians, including two women.

Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Syria's population, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence sweeping the country of 22 million people. They are fearful that Christians will be caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups. Many rebels, who are mostly Sunnis, consider Christians to be supporters of President Bashar Assad's regime.

In the northern city of Aleppo, Syrian warplanes struck targets in a rebel-held district in the contested northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 15 people, wounding dozens of others and leaving some buried under the rubble of buildings, activists said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media center said the airstrike targeted three buildings that were almost completely flattened in the rebel-held district of Kalassa, killing at least four children. They said many people were missing and residents were struggling to save people trapped under cement blocks and debris. In north east Syria, Al-Qaeda loyalist killed 17 people two of them were ambulance crew. The attack was in the town of Ras al-Ain, from where an exodus happened last month mostly consisting jihadists.

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