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Air strike kills 33 in Syria

Update : 02 May 2014, 03:02 AM

At least 33 people were killed in an air strike in a market in Aleppo, Syria on Thursday.

Syrian government war-planes attacked the busy market, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Activists in the area claimed 40 people were killed and dozens were wounded, reports Reuters.

A woman and a girl react after, according to activists, two barrel bombs were thrown by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad in Hullok neighbourhood of Aleppo May 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Reuters

They said a war-plane struck the neighbourhood of Hullok in the north-eastern part of the city with a missile, turned around and then fired another one.

The attack came a day after an air strike on a school in Aleppo killed at least 18 people, mainly children.

Despite the continuing civil war, Syrian authorities are preparing for a June presidential election in which President Bashar al-Assad is expected to extend his grip on power.

Aleppo is divided between Assad's forces and rebels aiming to topple him. Fighting has destroyed much of what was once Syria's commercial capital.

For months Assad's forces have rained barrel bombs - crude but powerful explosives which are not designed for precision targeting - on rebel held parts of Aleppo despite a UN appeal to end the practice.

More than 150,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict that grew out of street protests against Assad's rule.

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