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IN SYRIA .... ACTIVISTS SAY DOZENS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED IN A BLOODY ATTACK NEAR DAMASCUS.

THIS IS AMATEUR VIDEO.

SURVIVORS ARE PULLED FROM BURNING CARS AFTER A SYRIAN WARPLANE FIRED A MISSILE INTO A GAS STATION .... SETTING OFF AN INFERNO.

THE DEATH TOLL IS QUICKLY RISING IN THE COUNTRY'S 21-MONTH OLD CIVIL WAR.

THE UNITED NATIONS NOW ESTIMATES THE NUMBER OF DEAD HAS EXCEEDED 60-THOUSAND.

WITH ONE OFFICIAL CALLING THAT NUMBER QUOTE TRULY SHOCKING.

THE NEW ESTIMATE IS ONE-THIRD HIGHER THAN WHAT ANTI-REGIME ACTIVISTS HAD COUNTED.

IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, SYRIAN REBELS HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR ATTACKS.

THIS IS AMATEUR VIDEO FROM JUST NORTH OF THE CAPITAL.

A FIGHTER PLANE DROPS TWO BOMBS ON THE AREA ON NEW YEAR'S EVE...

AND THE ASSAULT CONTINUES ...

THIS IS THE SAME CITY A COUPLE DAYS LATER.

MEANTIME -- THE FAMILY OF AMERICAN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY REVEALED WEDNESDAY THAT HE HAD BEEN MISSING IN SYRIA FOR MORE THAN A MONTH.

FOLEY WAS PROVIDING VIDEOS FOR AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS. HIS FAMILY SAYS HE WAS KIDNAPPED BY UNKNOWN GUNMEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY.

NICOLE GRETHER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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