At least 10 civilians have been killed in }government air raids on rebel-controlled towns in the country’s northwest, according to rescue workers who operate in opposition-held areas.
Nine people were killed in Maaret al-Numan and one person died in Saraqeb.
18 others – five in Maaret al-Numan and 13 in Saraqeb – were wounded in the attacks.
“Warplanes belonging to [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad’s forces targeted the market in Saraqeb first at around 9am (07:00 GMT),” a survivor said.
“A while later, at around 10:30am (08:30 GMT), a second round of attacks struck the market in Maaret al-Numan, resulting in casualties and in material damages as well,” he said.
There was no immediate mention of the air raids on Syrian state media.
The attacks came at a time when the markets were at their “busiest”, the Civil Defence said in a Twitter post.
What Turkey and Russia think?
The Turkish defence ministry put the death toll from the attacks on the two marketplaces at 14, according to a statement posted on its official Twitter account.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been displaced since the escalation began.
The Syrian troops on the offensive have recently captured rebel-held areas in the adjoining Hama province.
They are now seemingly pushing north, towards the town of Maaret al-Numan, which sits on the M5 highway linking Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo.
A ceasefire announced by Moscow on August 31 has reduced air raids, but skirmishes on the ground have continued.
The region is home to nearly three million people, half of whom were transferred there en masse from other areas that were taken by pro-government forces.
The war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions since it erupted in 2011 with the repression of anti-government protests.