Syrian rebels report intense fighting near Jordan

Associated Press
A Syrian boy holds a bird in his hand that he said was injured in a government airstrike hit the neighborhood of Ansari, in Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.  The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which opposes the regime, said government troops bombarded a building in Aleppo's rebel-held neighborhood of Eastern Ansari that killed over 10 people, including at least five children. (AP Photo/Abdullah al-Yassin)
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A Syrian boy holds a bird in his hand that he said was injured in a government airstrike hit the neighborhood of Ansari, in Aleppo, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. The Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which opposes the regime, said government troops bombarded a building in Aleppo's rebel-held neighborhood of Eastern Ansari that killed over 10 people, including at least five children. (AP Photo/Abdullah al-Yassin)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — 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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