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Syrian regime air strikes kill at least 41 civilians in Aleppo

(Zaman Al Wasl) -At least 41 civilians have been killed on Sunday in regime air strikes on the battleground Aleppo city, a monitor group and local reporter said.

The regime warplanes carried out four airstrikes on the neighborhoods of Qaterji, Sukkari and Bab al-Naser as well as other areas in eastern Aleppo, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 10 families are struck under the rubble, which could likely raise the death toll, the UK-based watchdog group added.

At least 25 people were in Qaterji, 7 in al-Mayser neighborhhod, 7 in Sheikh Faris and 2 in Qattan, accordign to Zaman al-Wasl reporter.

Meanwhile, battles continued between the regime army and rebels in the southern countryside of Aleppo, amid reports of a progress made by the Assad forces in the Khan Tuman area, according to the Observatory.

For its part, regime-run news agency SANA said at least 29 rebels were killed by a military offensive against the rebel positions in the rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo.

Also in Aleppo, rebels have captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.

Its defeat at Dabiq, long a mainstay of Islamic State's propaganda, underscores the group's declining fortunes this year as it suffered battlefield defeats in Syria and Iraq and lost a string of senior leaders in targeted air strikes.

The group, whose lightning advance through swathes of the two countries and declaration that it had established a new caliphate stunned world leaders in 2014, is now girding for an offensive against Iraq's Mosul, its most prized possession.

The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, took Dabiq and neighboring Soran after clashes on Sunday morning, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the fighting. (With agencies)

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