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Activists: 6 dead in airstrike in northern Syria

  • Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria speaks during a news conference about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria speaks during a news conference about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria arrives for a news conference about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria arrives for a news conference about the International Syria Support Group's Humanitarian Access Task Force at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This picture posted on Dec. 11, 2016, by the Syrian militant group Ahrar al-Sham, purports to show Ahrar al-Sham fighters consulting a map in the countryside around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, Syria. Nearly two months into the assault, Turkey has become bogged down in an unexpectedly bloody fight to retake the Islamic State group’s last stronghold in northern Syria. It has been forced to pour in troops, take the lead in the battle from its Syrian allies and reach out to Russia for aerial support -- a move that tests its alliance with the United States and the Syrian opposition. (Ahrar al-Sham, via AP)

    This picture posted on Dec. 11, 2016, by the Syrian militant group Ahrar al-Sham, purports to show Ahrar al-Sham fighters consulting a map in the countryside around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, Syria. Nearly two months into the assault, Turkey has become bogged down in an unexpectedly bloody fight to retake the Islamic State group’s last stronghold in northern Syria. It has been forced to pour in troops, take the lead in the battle from its Syrian allies and reach out to Russia for aerial support -- a move that tests its alliance with the United States and the Syrian opposition. (Ahrar al-Sham, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Activists say an airstrike on a Syrian village near the once-contested city of Aleppo has killed six civilians, including at least three children.

The Syrian Civil Defense search and rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, says rescue workers are pulling victims from the rubble of a home destroyed in a strike Thursday morning in the village of Babka, in the opposition-held countryside west of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says four of the victims were children.

Fighting and airstrikes have continued across Syria despite a cease-fire between the government and rebels that came into effect on December 30. U.S.-led coalition forces have also stepped up raids against Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria.

It was not clear who carried out the attack on Babka.