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Syrian fighter jet strafes farming village

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A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rifaat, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, on August 9, 2012.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

A Free Syrian Army fighter fires an anti-aircraft gun as a Syrian Air Force fighter bomber fires rockets in the village of Tel Rifaat on August 9, 2012.

Reuters reports — The sandy color of the Syrian air force jet was visible as it circled overhead. Then a screaming nosedive and the orange flames of firing rockets on the farming village of Tel Rifaat.

Reuters journalist Hadeel Al Shalchi saw the jet make at least a dozen rounds of the village of a few thousand people, 35km north of Aleppo city, firing missiles and mounted machine guns.

Three rebel fighters fruitlessly fired an old anti-aircraft gun and a rifle at the speeding plane.

Villagers panicked - some tried to escape on motorbikes while other crammed belongings and bread into three-wheeled vans. They were unsure of where was safe to go. Read the full story.

See more photos by Goran Tomasevic of the fighting in northern Syria

On Wednesday Syrian troops pushed even farther into the key city of Aleppo where rebels are running short on much-needed supplies. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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