Fourteen people were killed including at least five children in a rocket attack on a market in the northern Syrian city of Al-Bab on Friday, according to emergency responders working in rebel-held areas.

The White Helmets rescue group earlier put the death toll at nine.

It said that figure might rise further as rescue and search operations continued, adding that children were also among at least 30 people wounded in the attack.

The warring factions in Syria’s 11-year conflict have carved up the north into a patchwork of zones of control.

Al-Bab falls within the areas of Aleppo province held by Turkish-backed rebels. Other parts are held by Syrian government troops backed by Russia.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), spearheaded by Kurdish groups who have opened a dialog with the Damascus-based government, also control parts of the north and northeast.

The head of the SDF’s media center, Farhad Shami, said the group had nothing to do with Friday’s attack.

Activists in Al-Bab had been planning a protest after Muslim midday prayers on Friday to denounce comments by Turkey calling for reconciliation between the Syrian government and the opposition.

Mourners bury one of the people killed in reported artillery fire by Syrian government forces, during a funeral in the opposition-held city of Al-Bab, on the border with Turkey in the northern Aleppo province, on August 19, 2022.
14 people were killed by a rocket attack in the Syrian city of Al-Bab.
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A civilian man injured in a missile attack is brought to a hospital as the death toll from a missile strike in Syriaâs northwestern town of al-Bab has climbed to 14, on August 19, 2022.
A civilian man injured in a missile attack is brought to a hospital.
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Mourners carry a coffin during a funeral for people killed in reported artillery fire by Syrian government forces, in the opposition-held city of Al-Bab
The death toll includes five children.
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In a statement after Friday’s attack, they canceled the demonstration over fears of further violence.



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