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Activists: Syrian warplanes bomb olive press plant in north, scores feared killed and wounded

Activists say Syrian warplanes have bombed an olive press factory in the country's north, killing and wounding dozens of people.

Two activist groups — the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees — say the factory is west of the city of Idlib.

The LCC says at least 20 people were killed and many others wounded in Tuesday's raid, while the Observatory says "tens were killed or wounded."

Both groups depend on a network of activists on the ground around the country.

President Bashar Assad's regime has been launching intense raids on rebels in recent months.

Syria's conflict started in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad's regime, but quickly morphed into a civil war that has since killed more than 40,000 people, according to activists.