Syrian warplanes bombed a town within sight of the Turkish border Monday, sending panicked civilians running to the fence that separates the two countries, witnesses told CNN.
The attack came as NATO ministers considered whether to send missiles to Turkey should the civil war spill across its border.
The bombing in Ras al-Ain is the latest in a series of airstrikes across Syria launched by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in an attempt to drive back rebel advances in a number of locations, including in and around the capital city of Damascus, according to opposition activists.
Thick, black smoke rose from the border town of Ras al-Ain, where witnesses said warplanes dropped two bombs. One appeared to strike a three-story building "that the opposition forces were staying in," neighborhood mayor Mehmet Saitavci said.
While the Local Coordination Committees, an opposition group, said 36 people died Monday in fighting nationwide, it was not immediately known how many people were killed or wounded in the Ras al-Ain airstrike. But Saitavci said the wounded were making their way to the border, where they were being picked up by ambulances.
"There are people with arms and legs missing coming across," he said.FULL STORY