Airstrikes in Syria kill at least 19 people


BEIRUT — Government warplanes bombed a town in northern Syria today, killing at least 19 people, activists said, while the new U.N. envoy to the country acknowledged that brokering an end to the nation’s civil war will be a “very, very difficult” task.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the airstrikes targeted a residential area in the northern town of al-Bab, about 20 miles from the Turkish border. The Observatory said 19 people were killed in the air raid; the LCC put the death toll at 25.

Activists, meanwhile, reported scattered violence in regions across the country, including the capital’s suburbs, the region of Deir el-Zour in the east, Daraa in the south and Idlib and Aleppo in the north.

The LCC and the Observatory said more than 100 people were killed today.


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