Syrian air raid on strategic town kills 6 civilians: activists

AMMAN Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:48am EDT

1 of 3. Smoke rises from what activists say was a missile fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Erbeen, near Damascus October 29, 2012. Picture taken October 29.

Credit: Reuters/Islam Al-Shami/Shaam News Network/Handout

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian airforce raid on a rebel-held town, strategically situated on the Damascus-Aleppo highway, killed at least six civilians on Tuesday, including children, opposition campaigners in the area said.

Video footage showed men pulling out the body of a toddler from a flattened building in a northern neighborhood of Maarat al-Numaan, 300 kilometers (188 miles) north of Damascus, which has been under aerial and ground bombardment since rebels seized control last month.

The footage could not be independently verified.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis; Editing by Louise Ireland)