51 civilians killed in Aleppo raids, shelling: monitor

Aleppo has been the scene of intense fighting since the end of July when a major offensive on rebel-held districts was launched (AFP Photo/Thaer Mohammed) (AFP/File)

Beirut (AFP) - At least 51 civilians, including four children, were killed in air raids and shelling attacks on Saturday in Syria's battleground city Aleppo and the neighbouring countryside, a monitoring group said.

Syrian air force raids left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas in the east of Aleppo city. Nine civilians died in rebel shelling on the government-held west, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Another 27 people were killed in Syrian and Russian raids targeting a string of towns in the west of Aleppo province, the Britain-based group added.

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