Death toll from Syrian market airstrikes climbs to 61

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:22:41 PM. BEIRUT — Syrian rescue workers on Tuesday continued their search for victims still under the rubble a day after airstrikes hit a busy market in a rebel-held town in the country's north, killing at least 61 people, according to a monitoring group and rescuers.According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were at least three airstrikes on the market in the town of Atareb
BEIRUT — Syrian rescue workers on Tuesday continued their search for victims still under the rubble a day after airstrikes hit a busy market in a rebel-held town in the country's north, killing at least 61 people, according to a monitoring group and rescuers. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were at least three airstrikes on the market in the town of Atareb on Monday — those killed included six women, five children and three police officers. The Observatory's director, Rami Abdurrahman, said the rest were male civilians. The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue volunteers, known as the White Helmets, told The Associated Press they gave up hope of finding more survivors after dawn, though recovery efforts continued. They said the death toll had climbed to at least 61 on Tuesday; 90 people were injured. 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 swelled with the arrival of Syrians who fled from 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...Read more
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