Building collapse in Syrian city of Aleppo kills 10

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Syrian state media say a building collapsed in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least 10 people, including a child

BEIRUT — A building in a neighborhood in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo collapsed early Sunday, killing at least 10 people, including a child, Syrian state media reported.

The five-story building housing about 30 people in the Sheikh Maksoud district under the control of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces collapsed overnight, according to the report. Water leaks had weakened the structure’s foundation, it said.

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Dozens of firefighters, first responders and residents under the rubble and dust searched through the rubble for the remaining residents with drills and a bulldozer.

Some of the tenants’ relatives waited anxiously nearby, while others mourned at the entrance of a nearby hospital as the bodies arrived in ambulances and on the back of trucks.

Hawar News, the news agency for the semi-autonomous Kurdish areas of Syria, reported that seven people were killed and three injured, two of them critical.

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Many buildings in Aleppo have been destroyed or damaged during Syria’s 11-year conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half of the pre-war country’s 23 million population.

Although the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad has recaptured the city of Aleppo from armed opposition groups, Sheikh Maksoud is among a number of neighborhoods under the control of Kurdish forces.

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Aleppo is Syria’s largest city and was once its commercial center.

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