Middle East

Syrian rebels report intense fighting near Jordan

Members of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walk with their weapons at Darya near Damascus in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on February 4, 2013. REUTERS/SANA/Handout

AMMAN: Syrian rebels and Jordanian security officials say intense fighting has broken out near Syrian government installations and border posts near Jordan, leaving 17 civilians wounded.

A Jordanian security official says Tuesday the wounded include two Jordanians and 15 Syrian refugees fleeing the military onslaught by President Bashar Assad's forces.

He says the fighting has intensified in the past two days.

Free Syrian Army spokesman Mohammed Etri called the flare-up "very decisive" because it is the first time the rebels have tried to seize control of border posts and installations along Syria's southern border.

The Jordanian official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to make press statements.





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