Reports: Syria bombs town near Turkish border for second day
Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are trying to regain control of Ras al-Ain, which fell to rebels on Thursday.
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
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 UN 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.