Activists: At least 20 dead in strike on olive oil factory

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 1:04 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say at least 20 people are dead after Syrian warplanes bombed an olive oil factory that was crowded with farmers today. It's not clear whether the olive press was the intended target.

It's the latest attack to take a heavy civilian toll. Human Rights Watch says it has found "compelling evidence" that the regime used cluster bombs in an airstrike that killed at least 11 children earlier this week.

There's been no government reaction to the latest accounts.

President Bashar Assad's regime has been relying on air power in recent months, mostly in the northern province where the factory was hit today.

Also today, according to Turkey's state-run news agency, Syria's air force targeted a village in a northeastern province, and a town in northern Syria.

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132-c-11-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"have targeted rebels"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports the Syrian air force has bombed a large group of farmers at an olive oil press. (27 Nov 2012)

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131-v-27-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Syrian warplanes have bombed an olive press, killing at least 20 people. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (27 Nov 2012)

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133-c-11-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"regime targeted them"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports dozens are dead and wounded in a Syrian air force attack on a group of farmers. (27 Nov 2012)

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143-a-16-(Valerie Amos, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, and emergency relief coordinator, at news conference)-"men and children"-U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos spoke to Syrian refugees in a tent city in Jordan, and came away appalled by their situation. ((note length of cut)) (27 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *143 (11/27/12)>> 00:16 "men and children"

145-a-10-(Valerie Amos, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, and emergency relief coordinator, in interview)-"help and support"-U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos expects many more refugees to flee Syria. (27 Nov 2012)

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144-a-11-(Valerie Amos, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, and emergency relief coordinator, at news conference)-"the Syrian people"-U.N. humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos says the crisis faced by the Syrian people can't be solved in a vacuum. (27 Nov 2012)

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158-r-15-(Sound of heavy gunfire, from video supplier SHAM NEWS NETWORK)--Amateur video supplier Sham News Network says the video from which this sound was taken shows Syrian rebel fighters shooting from a rooftop at forces loyal to the Syrian president. It has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting. (27 Nov 2012)

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157-r-22-(Sound of heavy gunfire, from video supplier UGARIT NEWS)--Sound of Syrian rebels engaging in gunfire in the narrow alleys of Aleppo, and shooting at pro-regime forces from behind corners. ((This material from the UGART NEWS has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting.)) (27 Nov 2012)

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