5 Children & 1 Woman Killed in Syrian Rocket Attack Believed to Have Targeted Christians

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Several people were murdered in the town of al-Suqaylabiyah Sunday in what is believed to be a targeted attack against Christians.

The Associated Press reports that five children ranging from ages six to ten, and one woman were killed near a monastery during an assault on the town.

“The kids went out to play after some days of calm,” Father Maher Haddad, a local priest, told The Associated Press. The report continued, “A rocket struck near a group of children, instantly killing five and wounding others… the woman was killed in a nearby street by a separate rocket.”

Eight others were wounded in the attack.

AP reports that Syrian rebels were responsible for the attack. Syrian troops retaliated by firing shells toward insurgents on the southern edge of Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the civil war-torn country.

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