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Air attack kills 58 civilians in Aleppo mosque


An aerial attack on a mosque during prayer time in the Syrian city of Aleppo killed 58 people late on Thursday, a civil defense source told Anadolu Agency, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

 

Civil defense official Yahya Javad said the attack also wounded dozens of others in the city’s Al-Etarip area.

 

"A warplane, which we believe was a Russian jet, bombed a mosque during prayer time in Jina village near the Al-Etarip district of Aleppo," he said.

 

Javad said civil defense officials tried to rescue people from the mosque's wreckage: "There were 200-300 people in the mosque [during the attack]."

 

He said the death toll could rise, despite efforts by civil defense teams to reach people trapped under the wreckage. 

 

He stressed: "Attacking a mosque with a jet cannot be accepted."

 

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

 

Since then, more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict and millions more displaced, according to UN figures.

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