Aleppo, March 17: At least 42 people were killed and more than 100 injured in an air attack on a mosque in a rebel-held village in northern Syria on Thursday. Most of them were the civilians who died in this air strikes. Many of them still trapped under the collapsed mosque in the village of Al-Jineh, just over 30 kilometers (20 miles) west of Aleppo.
Notably, the village of Al-Jineh held by rebel groups, but no extremist factions are present. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the airstrikes were carried by unidentified warplanes targeted a mosque in Aleppo province during evening prayers on Thursday. Rescue teams were on-site trying to pull people from the rubble, and dozens of residents were still unaccounted for, the Observatory said.
Over 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began six years ago with anti-government protests. A cessation of hostilities was brokered by rebel backer Turkey and regime ally Russia in December, but violence has continued across much of the country.
However, the Observatory which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used. But the skies are crowded over Aleppo province, with the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes as well as US-led coalition aircraft carrying out air strikes there.
Meanwhile, US military said it carried out a deadly air strike on an Al-Qaeda meeting in northern Syria and would investigate reports that 42 civilians were killed when a mosque was struck in the raid. A spokesman for US Central Command, Colonel John J Thomas, said they did not target a mosque and the building that was targeted is about 15 meters from a mosque that is still standing.