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49 die as Syrian jets blast rebel-held town

Published on Oct 19, 2012 8:55 AM

MAARET AL-NUMAN, Syria (AFP) - Syrian fighter jets blasted the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan on Thursday, killing at least 49 people including 29 children, rescuers said.

United Nations (UN) peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi pressed for a truce during a key Muslim holiday later this month, while the UN's human rights chief appealed to the Security Council for unity over the crisis.

Rescuers said bombs destroyed two residential buildings and a mosque, where many women and children had been taking refuge, in the strategic northwestern town. Among those killed was a nine-month-old baby.

Rebels captured the town on Oct 9 in a push to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border.

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