According to a war monitor, at least 19 people were killed in a car bomb near a bustling market and mosque in a rebel-held city in northwestern Syria.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 4 children were among those killed in the explosion in Azaz, in the heart of a Turkish zone of influence in Aleppo province.
According to the Britain-based monitor, the attack also injured more than 20 people.
“Many people were leaving evening prayers when the explosion happened,” Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP.
Shoppers buying clothes and gifts ahead of the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday were among those killed, said Jihad Berro, a coroner at a local hospital.
He said the medical facility was crammed with victims and their relatives.
“The emergency rooms were full, we placed corpses on the floor,” he said.
“It is a real catastrophe before the Eid al-Fitr holiday,” which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said Berro.
Resident Abu Youssef said the explosion torched the neighbourhood.
“The damage is severe: at least six stores were burned, the storefronts of dozens of other stores were blown out,” he told AFP.