Activists: Government airstrikes kill 44 in Syria

BEIRUT - Syrian activists say a string of government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north have killed at least 44 people.

Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says the deadliest of the three raids Saturday was the attack on the rebel-held town of al-Bab near the northern city of Aleppo. He says that strike killed 22.

Abdurrahman says fighter jets also bombed two rebel-held districts of Aleppo, Syria's largest city. In the Halwaniyeh neighborhood, he says government warplanes missed their target. He says the strike sent bombs into a crowded vegetable market, killing 15 people.

The Observatory said seven people died in a third airstrike in the Karam el-Beik district.

Syrian state television said the fighter jets targeted "gatherings of terrorists."

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