BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes carried out airstrikes Friday on two suburbs of the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 22 people, opposition activists said.
The Local Coordination Committees said the airstrikes targeted the suburbs of Kfar Batna and Jisreen. The activist group said a market and residential areas were hit.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported on the strikes, saying 35 people were killed, including six children.
Conflicting casualty figures are not uncommon in the aftermath of attacks in Syria.
Rebel-held suburbs of Damascus have been subjected to intense airstrikes over the past weeks that have killed hundreds. However, those attacks have been overshadowed by airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, and also as of more recently, Russia airstrikes. Moscow began an air campaign in Syria on Sept. 30.
Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed more than 250,000 people.
Earlier Friday, activists said that a Russian airstrike the previous day wounded a senior commander of al-Qaida's branch in Syria, a preacher from Saudi Arabia, but that his injuries are not life-threatening.
The Observatory and Syria-based activist Bebars al-Talawy said that Sheikh Abdullah al-Mheisny was wounded in the northwestern province of Latakia.
A Saudi citizen, al-Mheisny had been fighting in northern Syria for months, serving both as a senior religious and military commander with the al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front.
Activists posted on social media Friday a photo of al-Mheisny, showing his head bandaged.
Rebel-held parts of Latakia have been under attack by government forces who are advancing under the cover of Russian airstrikes.