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Friday, 19 October 2012 - 9:44
49 die as Syrian jets blast rebel-held town
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Syrian fighter jets blasted the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan yesterday killing at least 49 people, including 29 children.

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.

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

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