BEIRUT -- Syrian activists say a string of government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north have killed at least 44 people.
Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says the deadliest of the three raids Saturday was the attack on the rebel-held town of al-Bab near the northern city of Aleppo. He says that strike killed 22.
Abdurrahman says fighter jets also bombed two rebel-held districts of Aleppo, Syria's largest city. In the Halwaniyeh neighborhood, he says government warplanes missed their target. He says the strike sent bombs into a crowded vegetable market, killing 15 people.
The Observatory said seven people died in a third airstrike in the Karam el-Beik district.
Syrian state television said the fighter jets targeted "gatherings of terrorists."