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Syrian jet strikes rebel-held border town

Perilously close to Turkish soil, the sound of mortars, bombs and gunfire echoes through the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain. It's the fourth day of air strikes on the city as the pro-Assad military battles to recapture the area, seized by the Free Syrian Army last Thursday. A Syrian jet struck twice before circling and dropping more bombs, rocking buildings on the Turkish side of the frontier and sending huge plumes of smoke over Ras al-Ain. Several people, mostly women and children, rush across the border seeking shelter in neighbouring towns. Turkey is reluctant to be drawn into a regional conflict, but the proximity of the bombing raids to the border is testing its pledge to defend itself from any violation of its territory.

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