AMMAN, Jordan -- At least 18 people were killed Tuesday morning when Syrian government warplanes struck an olive press factory on the outskirts of Idlib city, opposition activists said.
The building was hit by more than five rockets in an attack that also left 23 injured, said Ahmad Aasi, an opposition activist in Idlib. Those killed were farmers bringing olives from the local harvest and workers at the factory, he said.
"They are targeting any gathering of people to kill the largest number possible," Aasi said. "And the press factory today had a large number of people because it's currently the olive season."
Other public gatherings have been struck in the past. Bakeries have been a frequent target of government rockets and missiles, often leaving scores dead and injured because the few bakeries still operating are inundated with customers.