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Syrian residents flee border bombings into Turkey

People from the northern Syrian town of Ras al-Ain walk along a train track as they attempt to cross into Turkey. Photo: Reuters

Syrian warplanes launched fresh attacks on the Turkish border, bringing the two-day death toll to at least 31 people, and forcing nearly 10,000 refugees to flee, according to Turkish officials.

The Syrian Army started its deadly assault on the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain yesterday, and families have been fleeing overnight and today. Richard Pallot reports.

The second day of strikes sent Syrians scurrying through the barbed wire fence that divides Ras al-Ain from the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar as thick plumes of smoke rose above the town.

Ambulances from Turkey rushed to the border to ferry wounded Syrians to nearby hospitals. An official from the Ceylanpinar mayor's office said Syrian war planes struck four times.

Another official said one of the four wounded Syrians brought into Turkey for medical treatment Tuesday died. He said an estimated 21 people died during Monday's air-raid in Ras al-Ayn and 10 others from the town died Monday in Turkey of their wounds.

Men climb through the wires fence from Syria into Turkey. Credit: EBU

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had formally protested the bombings to the Syrian government, saying the attacks were endangering Turkey's security.

He said Turkey had also reported the incident to NATO allies and to the U.N. Security Council.

Meanwhile the leader of Syria's new opposition coalition urged European states to recognise it as the legitimate government, to enable it to buy weapons.

When we get political recognition, this will allow the coalition to act as a government and hence acquire weapons and this will solve our problems.

Dramatic footage uploaded by activists shows panicked families and a number of children attempting to flee Ras al-Ain.

The Associated Press said the activist footage was "consistent with their own reporting" from the area.

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 neighbouring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

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