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12 killed as warplane crashes in northern Syria

London, Aug.3 : Twelve people, including a few activists, were killed as a Syrian government warplane crashed today in a marketplace in the north-western town of Ariha.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) activist group said the crash occurred amid bombing raids.

The SOHR further said that dozens more had been injured in the incident.

It said that the locals were working hard to rescue survivors from under the rubble and remove the bodies of the victims.

According to the BBC, it is still not clear whether the plane was shot down or crashed for some other reason.

Ariha was one of the last government strongholds in Idlib province when it was captured by Islamist rebels in May.

The fall of Ariha left most of Idlib, bordering Turkey, in rebel hands.

Earlier in January, at least 35 soldiers had been reportedly killed in a cargo plane crash in Idlib province. (ANI)