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12 dead in northern Syria air raids

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At least 12 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Saturday in Syrian regime air raids on a town in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

"At least 12 citizens, including four members of one family -- among them women and children -- were killed, and dozens were injured in air raids on an industrial zone in the town of Saraqeb," the monitoring group said.

Citing reports from activists in the area, the Observatory said a barrage of cluster munitions was fired at the area by regime forces after the air raids.

Footage filmed by local activists showed thick columns of smoke rising from the scene of the air strikes, as panicked residents tried to retrieve the dead and wounded.

Others tried to put out fires using water hoses and buckets as a man appealed on camera: "There is no water, there is no electricity, and now (President) Bashar (al-Assad) is ... firing at us with rockets and MIG warplanes."

Elsewhere in the province, the Observatory said at least 12 rebel fighters were killed in shelling and heavy fighting near the village of Babolin, which lies near the Damascus-Aleppo road and regime forces have been trying to capture.

At least 105 people were killed throughout Syria on Friday, according to the Britain-based Observatory, including 29 civilians, 50 rebel fighters and 26 government forces.

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