Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News - 17-03-2017
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says At least 42 people have been killed and dozens more injured after warplanes struck a mosque in the rebel-held village of al-Jina, southwest of Atarib near Aleppo in Syria.
The jets reportedly struck as the mosque was full of worshippers at evening prayer yesterday with local activists saying up to 300 people were inside at the time of the air raids.
Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Observatory, which monitors the war via a network of contacts across Syria, said that most of those killed were civilians.
"Many people are still trapped under rubble and we believe the number of casualties will increase," he told the DPA news agency.
UN agencies says the village is located in one of the main rebel-held parts of Syria, the northwest that includes Idlib province and the western parts of Aleppo province, and its population has been swollen by refugees.
The Syrian and Russian military including the United States have carried out many air strikes in Idlib and Aleppo provinces during the war.
The war, which on Wednesday entered its seventh year, started as a largely unarmed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in March 2011.
It has since escalated into a full-scale conflict that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and more than half of the country's pre-war population displaced inside and outside of Syria.