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Syria: Shelling on government-held Aleppo neighbourhoods kills seven

Bombings in al-Jamelaiah and Hamadaniyeh districts also wounded 20 people, UK-based war monitor says
SANA handout photo shows aftermath of attack in Aleppo, 22 July (AFP)

Shelling in neighbourhoods of Aleppo under Syrian government control killed seven people, a war monitor has reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombings, which targeted the districts of al-Jamelaiah and Hamadaniyeh, also wounded 20 people on Monday.

Syrian state news agency SANA, which also put the death toll at seven, blamed the shelling on "terrorists" - a blanket term that pro-government media outlets use to describe rebels and militants in the war-torn country.

SANA did not specify what group was behind the attack, but it said that it was launched from al-Rashideen district, west of the city - an area that has seen recent attacks by al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

The news agency cited security officials as saying that the bombings targeted commuters at the peak of afternoon rush hour.

The attack follows government-led air strikes that killed dozens of people in the militant-held Idlib province.

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The Observatory as well as local activists had reported that suspected Russian jets had targeted a vegetable market in the town of Maaret al-Numan earlier on Monday, killing more than 40 people.

Russia, whose forces have been fighting alongside Syrian government troops, denied responsibility for the raid.

The attacks in Idlib were the latest in an escalating Syrian military campaign in the province after the apparent collapse of a ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey in September.

The Observatory said 3,177 people have been killed since mid-February in areas covered by that deal, including hundreds of civilians.

Monday's bombardment of Aleppo follows a similar incident earlier this month, when SANA said rocket attacks by militants killed six civilians and injured eight others.