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The LCC and the Observatory have reported an average of about 100 Syrians killed in the past week.

Turkey scrambled its jets days after it said it would treat any Syrian military unit approaching its border as a direct threat in response to the downing of a Turkish reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces. Turkey also has reinforced its border with anti-aircraft guns and other weapons.

The military said the two helicopters flew as close as four miles to the border province of Hatay on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

AP writers Albert Aji in Damascus and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.