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A Free Syrian Army fighter, right, watches Syrian villagers pass through a checkpoint at the main entrance of Christian village of Yacoubieh, in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, Syria. Syrian warplanes and artillery hit targets near Damascus International Airport on Friday following a particularly bloody day of attacks in the capital that killed dozens and struck deep into the heart of the city.

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More than 200 kidnapped Syrian villagers released

Gunmen from rival Sunni and Shiite Muslim villages in northern Syria have freed more than 200 people snatched in tit-for-tat kidnappings this month, easing tensions that threatened to touch off more sectarian violence, activists said Friday.

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