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Dozens killed after jet crashes into town

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Dozens were killed when the war plane crashed
Dozens were killed when the war plane crashed

Dozens of people have been killed and others wounded after a Syrian war plane crashed in a residential area in Syria during air strikes on rebel fighters, according to activists.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees had no immediate specific death toll for the casualties in Ariha today.

The town of Ariha, once a government stronghold, was captured by opposition fighters and Islamic militants in May.

The Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees said that at the time of the crash, the town was under attack by the air force of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Syria's civil war began in March 2011. The United Nations says the war has killed more than 220,000 people and wounded at least 1 million.

The plane crashed in a busy market in Ariha, said activists.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said it crashed in the centre of the town, destroying several homes and killing at least 12 people.

An amateur video posted online by activists showed several damaged buildings, as well as parts of the plane that crashed.