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Syria rebels fire at a government helicopter in Aleppo. Photo by Reuters
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An airstrike carried out on Saturday by forces loyal to the Syrian government on a crowded market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least 20 people, activists said.

For nearly two weeks, President Bashar Assad's warplanes and helicopters have pounded opposition-controlled areas of the divided city. According to activists, the aerial assault has killed more than 400 people since it began December 15.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Saturday's airstrike hit a vegetable marketplace in the Tariq al-Bab neighborhood. It added that at least 20 people were killed and dozens were wounded.

Hassoun Abu Faisal, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, put the death toll at more than 20, but said medical officials were still tallying the exact figure.