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People queue to buy bread at a local bakery at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

People queue to buy bread at a local bakery at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

People queue to buy bread at a local bakery at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns hang their laundry at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns hang their laundry at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns hang their laundry at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their towns are seen at their temporary home in a school at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Children stand on a house damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. Picture taken December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout

Children stand on a house damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. Picture taken December 17, 2012....more

Children stand on a house damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Tel Abyed near Hasaka December 17, 2012. Picture taken December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Abdullah/Shaam News Network/Handout
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A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A house, destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents, is seen in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A man rides a motorcycle past a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A woman walks past a house destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A woman walks past a house destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A woman walks past a house destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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A cat is seen near a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A cat is seen near a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A cat is seen near a mosque destroyed by an airstrike by Syrian government forces two days ago according to local residents in Azaz city December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Residents and Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion are seen near tanks after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents and Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion are seen near tanks after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout

Residents and Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion are seen near tanks after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout
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Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion celebrate after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion celebrate after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout

Free Syrian Army fighters from Al-Farooq battalion celebrate after the fighters said they fought and defeated government troops in Halfaya, near Hama December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Samer Al-Hamwi/Shaam News Network/Handout
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