Rocket attack Kills 13 civilians in Syria

DAMASCUS: At least 13 people have been killed and several others injured in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo after militants fired rockets into a government-held neighborhood.

The rocket hit the neighborhood in the Ashrafieh district of the northern city of Aleppo, state news agency SANA reported on Friday.

Foreign-backed militants regularly fire rockets into the government-held parts of the city as clashes on the ground continue.

On Thursday, a car bomb blast on the outskirts of the city killed at least 43 people. The explosion hit near the Bab al-Salamah border crossing with Turkey.

Several women and children were among the victims of the deadly attack.

Also on Wednesday, two British journalists were shot and beaten by foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria.

The pair, according to the report, had spent several days reporting from the war-ravaged city of Aleppo and was returning to the Turkish border early on Wednesday when they were kidnapped by armed groups.

This comes as the Takfiri groups have stepped up their deadly attacks against Syrians as the country is preparing to hold an important presidential election on June 3.

The recent development also comes as the Syrian army has achieved major victories in its battle against Takfiri groups across the Arab country.

Syria has been the scene of deadly violence since 2011.

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