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14 civilians killed as rebels shell Aleppo

At least 14 civilians, including seven children, were killed when rebels shelled a government-controlled area in Syria's northern city of Aleppo.

Syria's state news agency said the shelling took place in the al-Midan neighbourhood, once a centre for the city's thriving Armenian community.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that 14 were killed in the shelling, which it said took place from a nearby rebel-controlled area. The group said government air raids on an adjacent neighbourhood killed a child. The Observatory relies on a network of activists on the ground.

Aleppo, once the commercial centre of Syria, has been divided since 2012, with government forces controlling much of western Aleppo and rebel groups in control of the east.

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