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Syrian activists report airstrikes, ongoing violence

November 12, 2012|By Rima Marrouch

Several parts of Syria were engulfed in conflict Monday, including areas that opposition activists said came under airstrike by government forces.

Opposition activists said an airstrike in the northern city of Ras Ayn killed a dozen people and injured scores. One activist reached by phone said the attacks hit both civilians and rebels. Thousands of people fled the city last week, putting new pressure on refugee camps in neighboring Turkey, but others remained on the outskirts of town.

"You can say that it is a plagued city now," said Kaniwar, an opposition activist in the area. "There are still two families under rubble, but we couldn't do anything."

Syrian rebels entered Ras Ayn last week to fight for the border crossing close to town. Some Kurdish activists in the largely Kurdish city blame the rebels for the shelling. The rebel Free Syrian Army "doesn't bring anything but troubles," a Kurdish activist named Bahoz said on Facebook.

Graphic amateur video from the city showed panicked people scattering and wailing. In one especially graphic video, a father could be seen shouting in grief, his clothes stained with blood, at least three lifeless children around him.

The Times could not confirm the exact contents of the videos below, but they reflect reports from the embattled areas. One video shared by opposition activists purports to show the aftermath of an airstrike as people try to search the rubble. Remains of toys and furniture can be seen in one of the damaged homes. Someone behind the camera says more than 10 houses were destroyed in this area of the city:

Other videos are said to show the results of Syrian military planes targeting a border crossing commandeered by rebels in Ras Ayn. The video below shows flaming rubble:

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