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  Shvat 9, 5773 , 20/01/13

Kurds Beg for Aid Amid Assault of Unarmed Syrians

Syrian Kurds urged the opposition on Saturday to halt a siege against them by Islamist rebels, as the UN condemned the killing of dozens of children across the country over the past week.

The Kurdish National Council, a pro-opposition umbrella group of Syrian Kurdish parties, condemned what it said was an ongoing assault "against unarmed civilians" by jihadist insurgents on the northern town of Ras al-Ain, AFP reported.

It said the rebels, who came across the border from Turkey, were shelling the town indiscriminately, and called on the main opposition National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army to "pressure these militants to stop this criminal war which is detrimental to the Syrian revolution."

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 33 people had been killed over the past 48 hours in Ras al-Ain clashes that pitted the jihadist Al-Nusra Front against Kurdish fighters.

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