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29 killed in Syria village attacks

At least 29 people, including six children, have been killed after Syrian troops attacked rebel-held villages around the northern city of Idlib, activists said.

The British-based Observatory for Human Rights said eight women and six children were among the 29 people killed after government rocket, artillery and airstrike attacks on Sunday night targeted five villages near Idlib city.

The group, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria, said the deadliest attack took place in the village of Maghra, where a rocket slammed into a row of houses, killing 13 people.

Three nearby villages - Bara, Basamis and Kafr Nabl - were hit by artillery shells that killed another 13 people. Three others died in an airstrike on the village Iblin, the Observatory said.

In central Syria, a car bomb exploded outside a police headquarters in the town of Deir Atiyeh, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Damascus, killing 13 people, including 10 policemen. One child was among the dead, the Observatory said.

Syria's state news agency confirmed the attack. It said a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in a residential area of the town, causing an unknown number of casualties.

The agency said "terrorists" were behind the attack - a government term for rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.


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