December 3rd, 2012
08:33 AM ET

'There are people with arms and legs missing,' witness says of Syrian airstrikes

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.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The continuing flow of inflammatory reporting concerning Syrian meanness still has not convinced me that I should support the USA's entering that civil conflict to support the suffering rebels.

    December 3, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • MF Hussain

      I rather support Assad against the radical islamic rebels. Anyone remember Libya? We supported them and they bit us back. We can thank Brzezinski and his lot who did the same in Afghanistan now thinks he should support muslim religious fighters worldwide. BTW Obama is a Brzezinski protege.
      lets just wait for the blowback on this one...

      December 4, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a ha)©

    I agree Joey. Though it may seem heartless on our part, we need not get involved in another ME conflict. The on-us of this still needs to lie in the hands of the Ar ab states. We are currently as sisting in the area of humanitarian relief, and this is as far as we need to be involved.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    This war is a useless act on the part of both Assad's forces and the so-called Sunni activists allied with wild eyed jihadists. More innocents have been maimed and killed than the actual warfighters. If the friggin' superpowers could put aside their petty diplomatic differences for a few days, form an united front, and demand an end to hostilities and "Demand" negotiations, the killing would stop. There are no good guys in this fight and no overwhelming strategic issues that would prevent diplomatic intervention by the big guys.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    That's what airstrikes do anywhere, folks. Not just in Syria in case we overlook.
    Good morning all.
    @ Portland tony " if the frigging super powers could put aside..........." well said.

    Not only super powers, I might add but those rogue states too the super powers coddle and pamper and are at the root of most troubles.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @JI-f
    I would hardly call them "suffering rebels". They are as vicious as the other side in committing atrocities as reported. Its the ordinary Syrians who suffer.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |