An air raid has killed at least 16 people in a popular marketplace in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria [Izeddin Idilbi/Anadolu Agency]

An air raid has hit a busy market in a rebel-held town in Idlib province, northwest Syria, killing at least 16 people, according to opposition activists and a war monitoring group.

The raid, believed to have been carried out by Syrian or Russian jets, targeted on Monday the town of Maaret al-Numan, in southern Idlib province controlled by the opposition, and also wounded more than 30 people, according to reports from the region.

Activists said black smoke billowed over the city centre and citizens were on the street crying for help.

The region has witnessed intensive air raids and bombardment on a daily basis

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