Three Turks wounded as Syrian jets bomb near Turkish border
REUTERS photoOne Turkish soldier and two civilians were wounded today during clashes at the Syrian border, daily Hurriyet reported.
A Syrian fighter jet today bombed an area near the Turkish border, causing several casualties, officials and witnesses said, The Associated Press reported.
An Associated Press video journalist saw the plane bomb an area around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, some 10 meters from the Turkish border.
Last week the rebels overran three security compounds in the town, located in the predominantly Kurdish oil-producing northeastern province of al-Hasaka, wresting control from the regime forces.
An official at the local mayor’s office said Turkish ambulances were carrying several injured Syrians to a hospital, across the border in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
The force of the blast shattered shop windows in Ceylanpinar, in southeastern Turkey, the official said. It was not clear if anyone in Ceylanpinar was injured in the bombing.
The fighting in Ras al-Ayn touched off a massive flow of refugees two days ago, and more refugees were seen coming after the blast.
Earlier, a Syrian helicopter bombed rebel positions in an area further south of Ras al-Ayn and the rebels could be heard responding with machine guns, the official said.
He said the rebels had besieged a Syrian military unit in the region of Esfar Najar and the helicopter was trying to open up an escape route for the regime forces. It was also seen dropping ammunition and food for the soldiers, the official said.
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 the fighting into neighboring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Another 11,000 escaped into Turkey on Friday following the surge of fighting at Ras al-Ayn.
Injuries suffered in Ceylanpınar, Mayor says
“Syrian jets have bombarded several villages on the Syrian side, and as far as I've heard some 50 people were killed," Ceylanpınar Mayor İsmail Arslan was quoted by daily Hürriyet as saying.
Ambulances have been carrying injured people to hospitals in the area.
Several people have also been reported injured in Ceylanpınar.
Warning announcements are being made over the Ceylanpınar municipality's speakers to prevent people from approaching the Syrian border.
The windows in nearby buildings were broken by the blast in the center of Ceylanpınar.