(CNN) — As Syrian government warplanes operated uncomfortably close to Turkey’s border again Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed up American support for the opposition by adding to Washington’s humanitarian aid.
Government jets pounded Ras al-Ain on Wednesday, a town near Turkey’s border, for yet another day, shaking residents on the other side and triggering demands from Ankara that the Syrian military “stop this as soon as possible.”
Attacks on the same town earlier in the week sent Syrians fleeing for the border. A total of 5,000 crossed into Turkey on Monday and Tuesday, according to a Turkish government official, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak with the media.
Government warplanes also bombarded Damascus and flashpoints in the country’s north, according to the opposition Local Coordinating Committees.
So far Wednesday, fighting has claimed the lives of 21 people, the LCC said.
Clinton, speaking Wednesday from Perth, Australia, announced a $30 million injection of new food assistance for people inside Syria and refugees in neighboring countries, raising the total U.S. aid to $200 million.
France and the United States backed a new coalition of Syrian dissidents Tuesday, but Damascus slammed the group, saying any effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad will be futile.
After 20 months of relentless turmoil, rebel forces had not had a unified vision for the country or single military plan to oust al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for more than four decades. The United States and Arab nations pressured the groups to get on the same page.
The new coalition agreed that it wants al-Assad gone and that no one would talk with his government. Spokesman Mohammed Dugham said the only option now is a totally new government.
A total of 107,769 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey as of October 30, Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu reported, citing Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The U.N. refugee agency says there are more than 407,000 Syrian refugees, and the number is rising.