Syrian fighters battle near Jordan border

Updated 06 February 2013
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Syrian fighters battle near Jordan border

AMMAN: Syrian fighters 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 said yesterday 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.
Meanwhile, the UN food agency said yesterday it will dramatically expand its aid operation in Syria to reach one million more people amid growing alarm over the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.


Israeli rockets hit Syrian military position in Aleppo: Syrian state media

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Israeli rockets hit Syrian military position in Aleppo: Syrian state media

  • Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport
  • Strikes caused only "material damage"

ALEPPO: Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had hit a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.
The report said the strikes had targeted military sites north of Nairab airport, causing "only material damage," Syrian state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.
It said the strikes were an attempt by Israel to support rebels in southern Syria, where Syrian government forces have been waging an offensive.
Israel, concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria is a threat to its security, has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the seven-year conflict.
Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and backs a number of militias, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, fighting in support of Assad.