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Syria bombs town near Turkish border for 2nd day

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 13, 2012 at 7:42 a.m.

— Syria’s air force bombed a rebel-held region near the border with Turkey for a second day Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, an official said.

The aerial attack raised the two-day death toll in the region to an estimated 31 people. Nearly 10,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey since Friday, seeking safety from shelling and bombing.

An Associated Press journalist saw airstrikes around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, just across the border from the southeastern Turkish town of Ceylanpinar. Plumes of smoke rose into the sky and Turkish ambulances rushed to the border to ferry wounded Syrians to Turkish hospitals.

An official from the Ceylanpinar mayor’s office reported four airstrikes Tuesday. It was not clear whether one or several planes were involved. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The official said one of the four wounded Syrians taken into Turkey for medical treatment Tuesday had died. He said an estimated 20 people died during Monday’s air raid in Ras al-Ayn and 10 others from the town died Monday in Turkey of their wounds.

The violence in Syria has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against President Bashar Assad’s regime began in March 2011. Hundreds of thousands have fled into neighboring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

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