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Syrian fighter jets blast Maaret al-Numan town, killing at least 44 people, rescue workers said, including 23 children

Last modified: 19 Oct 2012 02:43

Syrian fighter jets have blasted the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan, killing at least 44 people, including 23 children, rescue workers said.

Among those who died on Thursday died was a nine-month-old baby.

Rescuers said bombs destroyed two residential buildings and a mosque, where many women and children were taking refuge, in the strategic northwestern town, which was captured by rebels on October 9 in a push to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border.

"We have recovered 44 corpses from under the rubble," one worker told an AFP news agency correspondent at the scene.