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Mohammed Abdel-Hay, 41, said his family of seven fled the village of Marea after a regime warplane bombed it last week, destroying a house and killing two people.

“They shelled us and we didn’t leave. They hit us with helicopters and we didn’t leave. Then they brought warplanes that drop huge bombs that destroy entire houses and we left,” he said.

Since then, the family has staked out a patch of sidewalk where they sit on a plastic mat with a few grain sacks full of clothes.

Mustafa Khatib, 40, a middle-school principal from the same village, said he, his wife and their five children fled about the same time and have been staying in the hangar ever since.

The hangar has only one set of latrines, which the women and children use, so the men must use nearby fields. Water was short, and Mr. Khatib said he hadn’t showered in a week. He said all he had eaten all day was a piece of bread and a hard-boiled egg brought by a local Syrian aid group.

Like most of refugees, Mr. Khatib said he hoped to get into a refugee camp in Turkey but had been told there was no room.

“We’ll stay here and wait and see,” he said. “Every day, we ask and they tell us today or tomorrow, but they’ve been saying that for a week and we’re still here.”

In Damascus, Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa appeared in public for the first time in several weeks for a meeting with a senior Iranian official, ending rumors that he had defected. Reporters saw him get out of his car and walk to his office for a meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy.

There have been a series of high-level defections from the Assad regime in the past few months.

Mr. al-Sharaa was last seen at the funeral of four top security officials killed in a blast in Damascus on July 18. Since then, there had been rumors that he defected to Jordan, though Mr. al-Sharaa’s office and Jordan repeatedly denied he defected.

He was seen Sunday at the door of his office, shaking hands with Mr. Boroujerdi, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. Mr. al-Sharaa looked serious and steered away from reporters covering the meeting. He did not make a statement.

Pan-Arab satellite channel Al Arabiya reported that  Maj. Gen. Jamil Hassan, an air force intelligence chief, had been assassinated, but a senior government official denied it. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media. The Al Arabiya report said Gen. Hassan, a powerful member of Mr. Assad’s inner circle and the religious Alawite minority, was shot dead Saturday by one of his aides who defected to the opposition.

Addounia TV, a pro-Syrian government channel, also denied the report. It said Gen. Hassan is “fine and the news about his killing is absolutely untrue.”

In neighboring Jordan, officials say the country is bracing for a mass exodus of Syrians in the wake of intensified fighting.

Jordan appealed for increased international assistance to 160,000 Syrian refugees it is hosting. Information Minister Sameeh Maaytah said the refugee influx has swelled even further, with more than 2,300 Syrians crossing into Jordan on Friday — the largest arrival in a single day since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.

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