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Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 06:00 AM

Syrian fighter jet attacks near Turkish border

By MEHMET GUZEL
Associated Press

A Syrian jet bombed a rebel-held region near the border with Turkey for a second day on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, an official said.

An Associated Press video journalist saw the jet strike an area around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, just across the border from the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar, and plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the sky.

The jet struck an area near the Turkish border "five times within a period of 10 minutes," according to an official from the Ceylanpinar mayor's office. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Turkish ambulances scurried to the border to carry Syrians wounded in the attack to Turkish hospitals.

The official said four wounded Syrians were brought to Turkey for treatment on Tuesday and one of them died. An estimated 20 people died during Monday's air-raid in Ras al-Ayn and a further 10 died of wounds in Turkey, the official said.

Syrian rebels wrested control of Ras al-Ayn from the forces of Bashar Assad's regime last week. The town is in the predominantly Kurdish oil-producing northeastern province of al-Hasaka.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking to a group of Turkish journalists in Rome late Monday, said Turkey had formally protested the bombings close to its border to Damascus, saying the attacks were endangering Turkey's security. He said Turkey had also reported the incident to NATO allies and to the U.N. Security Council.

The Syrian jet had not infringed Turkey's border, he said, adding that Turkey would have responded if it had. He did not elaborate.

The fighting in Ras al-Ayn touched off a massive flow of refugees three days ago, and more refugees fled into Ceylanpinar on Monday and Tuesday.

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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Associated Press writer Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed.


ARIEL SCHALIT / AP
Smoke rises after shells fired by the Syrian army explode in the Syrian village of Bariqa.




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