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Syria warplane drops bomb on building in Aleppo town, kills 18

BEIRUT--A Syrian warplane bombed a building in the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province on Monday, killing at least 10 men, six women and two children, a watchdog said.

Violence also flared in the capital Damascus, where rebels said they are going back on the offensive after being pushed back by regime forces, and in the northwestern province of Idlib, where four troops were killed in clashes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Among the dead in the Al-Bab strike were a girl and a boy, Rami Abdel Rahman, director of Britain-based Observatory, told AFP. "They died when the fighter jet bombed the building where they were sheltered.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of activists on the ground, said the toll was likely to rise.

"There are still people stuck in the rubble but nobody can go and help them because the aerial attacks have not ceased," it said.

The airstrike on Al-Bab followed a series of attacks on towns and villages in the Aleppo countryside, as regime forces fight to break rebel supply lines into the city.

The army also pounded several districts of the city of Aleppo, the Observatory said, more than six weeks after the start of what President Bashar al-Assad's regime warned would be "the mother of all battles" in Syria's commercial hub.

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