Monday, December 3, 2012

Video: Syrians killed in Ras al-Ain air strike

(Reuters) Tangled wreckage and debris strewn about in what appears to be the aftermath of a Syrian government air strike on the town of Ras al-Ain. This amateur video which was posted to a social media website on Monday purports to show the moments immediately after the attack that killed several residents near the border with Turkey. But Reuters can't independently verify the footage - and there's been no confirmation on the number of people killed or wounded. Turkey scrambled fighter jets along its border on Monday following this and other attacks on rebel positions in the frontier town - and as reports emerged that stray shells had landed inside Turkish territory. It wasn't immediately clear whether those shells were fired by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or by rebel fighters. Almost a month ago, rebels took control of Ras al-Ain in fighting that triggered some of the biggest refugee movements into Turkey since violence began 20 months ago. Activists say more than 40,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011.