BEIRUT Aug 15 A Syrian war plane bombarded the
northern border town of Azaz on Wednesday, activists said,
killing at least 30 people.
Residents screaming and shouting "God is greatest", carried
bloodied bodies away from collapsed concrete buildings, video
published by activists on YouTube showed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens were
killed. An activist in the town said at least 30 bodies had been
found, and activists were still searching the wreckage for more
Syrian forces fighting the 17-month-old revolt against
President Bashar al-Assad have increasingly used helicopter
gunships and fighter jets against the rebels, weaponry that the
lightly armed opposition fighters cannot match.
"A fighter jet flew over the town and first it fired at a
car, and blew it up. Then it started firing on a street nearby
and several buildings collapsed, there was nothing we could do.
I expect the death toll will climb as we keep digging through
the rubble," the activist, who called himself Anwar, told
The activist video showed crowds of residents trying to
untangle steel reinforcement bars and pull away a giant slab of
concrete. The small arm of a child, covered in dust, could be
seen beneath it. "This is a real catastrophe," Anwar said. "An
entire street was destroyed."
It was not immediately possible to independently verify the