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Syria: The drama continues as Aleppo strikes hit hospital, market, kill 18

A series of air strikes Friday in opposition areas in Syria’s northern Aleppo province killed at least 18 people, including children and two hospital staffers, when the missiles hit an open market, a women and children’s hospital and a village, activists and rescue workers said.Air strikes hit the only hospital for women and children in the town of Kafr Hamra before dawn Friday, killing two staffers including a nurse.

The first-responders team of Syrian Civil Defense said it pulled 10 people alive from under the rubble.

Kafr Hamra is adjacent to the northern frontline in the deeply divided city of Aleppo, where government troops have sealed the main route into opposition areas, effectively trapping nearly 300,000 residents.

The opposition fighters launched a counteroffensive last week, breaching the siege from the southern front. That road remains under fire, and the UN has asked for a ceasefire to allow aid into the area.

Health facilities have been frequently targeted in the civil war in Syria. Aid groups have said the month of July was one of the worst since the war began in 2011, with some 43 facilities in opposition areas partially or totally destroyed.

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