A rebel fighter carries a wounded child following a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on the village of Atareb in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, on April 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/FADI AL-HALABI)
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Syrian government airstrikes targeted a vegetable market in a northern rebel-held town Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding scores of others, an anti-regime activist group said.The attack came as the head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate recent reports of chlorine gas attacks, sources said. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that 92.5 percent of Syria's chemical materials had been removed from the country and destroyed.Syria became an OPCW member last year as part of a deal with Russia and the U.S. to destroy its chemical weapons program.OPCW chief Ahmet Uzumcu has the authority to launch an investigation into alleged use of chemical weapons in member states, including Syria, without the need to seek a formal request from another member, sources told Reuters.
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