Air raid on mosque in Aleppo kills 42

On Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported about an airstrike that hit a mosque in al-Jinah settlement in the western countryside of Syria's Aleppo province in the vicinity of the province of Idlib.

The jets hit as the mosque was full of worshippers during evening prayer, according to the British-based observatory.

Al Jina is in Aleppo, but close to the border with Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

The official added that the number of casualties being reported at the mosque correlates roughly with USA assessments of the number of al Qaeda fighters they say they killed in the strike.

The Reuters news agency reports that the powerful Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said Friday the USA -led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was behind the mosque attack.

Al-Jina, just west of Aleppo, is located firmly within rebel territory.

He showed a black-and-white image of what appeared to be an old mosque with a flattened building a short distance away.

The village, in Atarib District, is rebel held, but that doesn't necessarily narrow it down all that much as to who was attacking.

This is the image released by the Pentagon on March 17, 2017 of the site it said U.S. warplanes hit on March 16, 2017. It said in a statement that Idlib has been a significant safe haven for al Qaeda in recent years.

But U.S. Central Command says it has intelligence showing that the mosque was across a street from the building where the al Qaeda leaders were meeting.

Russian and Syrian aircraft are known also to operate in the opposition-held region.

Russian Federation is expecting the Pentagon to comment on the deadly airstrike on a mosque in Syria's Aleppo province, where at least 40 civilians were feared killed overnight into Friday, March 17. Journalist Samuel Oakford later reported he had received confirmation from USA officials that American aircraft had unilaterally carried out the raid.

More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began six years ago with anti-government protests.

  • Elsie Buchanan