Syrian jet bombs area just a few yards from Turkish border, at least 6 dead

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(12 Nov 2012)
Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa Province, Turkey
1. Mid of thick plume of smoke rising from where bomb was dropped on area around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
2. Wide of sky over Syria UPSOUND: flying fighter jet (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
3. Wide of thick plume of smoke rising where bomb fell (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
4. Close of smoke rising beyond trees (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
5. Mid of free Syrian flag on top of building (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
6. Mid of two Syrians walking across border area into Turkey (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
7. Wide of people in border area, smoke rising on horizon (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
8. Wide of Syrians crossing into Turkey (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
9. Various of Syrians jumping over barbed wire into Turkey, including women and children (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
10. Wide of border (++shot from Turkish side of border++)
11. Wide of ambulance driving away from border
12. Wide of ambulance speeding to hospital
13. Mid of Syrian man covered in dust and blood getting out of a car
14. Mid of injured man on stretcher wheeled into hospital
15. Wide of ambulance arriving at hospital
16. Mid of man on stretcher with wounded feet
17. Wide of Ceylanpinar hospital exterior
18. Wide of people and security outside hospital
A Syrian fighter jet on Monday bombed a rebel-held area near the Turkish border, killing at least six people and wounding a dozen others, officials and witnesses said.
The plane was observed bombing an area around the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn, some 10 metres (yards) from the Turkish border.
Footage shot from the south eastern Turkish town of Ceylanpinar showed a large plume of smoke rising from the site of the attack.
Last week Syrian rebels overran three security compounds in Ras al-Ayn, 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 ferried 18 wounded Syrians to a hospital, across the border in the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar. Six of them died.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. He said the death toll from the attack was expected to rise.
Soon after the bombing, a rocket propelled grenade round landed on an empty field near Ceylanpinar. No one was injured, the official said.
Turkey has been responding to shells and mortars fired from Syria that land on its territory, but there was no immediate Turkish retaliatory fire, according to the official.
The force of the blast shattered shop windows in Ceylanpinar, in south eastern Turkey, the official said.
A few people were slightly injured in Ceylanpinar, mostly from broken glass and shrapnel.
Two ambulances were seen arriving at the hospital with two wounded Syrians, one bloodied and his bare torso peppered with shrapnel.
The other had a foot injury. Both were moved to stretchers and rushed through the doors.
The fighting in Ras al-Ayn sparked a massive flow of refugee two days ago, and more refugees were seen moving 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.
Hundreds of thousands have fled the fighting into neighbouring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

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