Assad forces hit opposition area near Turkish border, Kurds flee to Turkey

Syrian helicopters and artillery bombarded the Ras al-Ain area near the border with Turkey yesterday days after Free Syrian Army opposition forces captured it during an advance into the northeast, opposition campaigners said.

Helicopters fired rockets at a grain storage area near the village of Tal Halaf and shells hit a border crossing in the northeastern oil-producing province of Hasaka, home to a large part of Syria’s Kurdish minority, 600 kilometers (375 miles) from Damascus.

Tank rounds appeared to strike the western part of Ras al-Ain, and black smoke could be seen rising. Some artillery rounds appeared to land just inside the Turkish border.

Most of the inhabitants of the agricultural town fled to Turkey when rebels captured the area on Thursday in a push to seize control of frontier regions from Assad’s forces.

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