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Clinic in Syria hit by airstrike

A child is carried to safety at the site of the airstrike in Aleppo. Credit: Reuters

A Syrian clinic in Aleppo has been hit by an airstrike, officials have said.

At least one child has died in the attack in the Al-Marja neighbourhood, with five people injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This is the second attack on medical facilities this week, after airstrikes destroyed a hospital in Aleppo, killing 30 people on Wednesday.

Residents react after the airstrike. Credit: Reuters
An injured woman at the site. Credit: Reuters

At least 194 civilians in Aleppo killed in past seven days

Air strikes in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo have killed 194 civilians in the past seven days.

In rebel-held areas of Aleppo 123 civilians, including 18 children, were killed during the days of intensified violence, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

A child carried from the rubble in rebel-held Aleppo following an airstrike Credit: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Rebel shelling into government-held areas of the city during the same period killed 71 civilians, including 13 children, the British-based monitoring group said.

Eight more civilians, including three children, were killed by government shelling into areas not under its control in the city, the Observatory said.

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Obama 'plans to send 250 US troops to Syria'

President Obama is planning on deploying an additional 250 US troops to Syria, an official has told Reuters.

This will increase the US presence on the ground to about 300 troops to help fight Islamic State militants, the official added.

The announcement will be officially made in a speech Obama plans to make in Hanover, Germany, on Monday.

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At least 44 killed in Syria air strikes

Two men inspect damaged motorcycles after an airstrike on a market in the town of Maarat al-Numan. Credit: Reuters

At least 44 people have been killed and 80 wounded in air strikes in northwest Syria.

Around 37 civilians were killed in an attack on a vegetable market in Maarat al-Numan, and at least seven people died at a fish market in nearby Kafranbel.

Both markets are in areas controlled by Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot the Al-Nusra Front.

The Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee said in a statement that the suspected government attacks represent a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict.

The opposition said the strikes reinforce its decision to postpone peace talks, and maintained that a political process cannot happen in the current climate.

Syria's main opposition group said on Monday that it is suspending its official participation in UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva because of the government's "violations" of a ceasefire deal agreed in February.

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