Syrian army prepares for an attack from its southern border

http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/syrian-army-prepares-attack-its-southern-border

“A source in the Syrian army told Al-Akhbar that “the army is ready for any surprise attack,” pointing out that “opposition fighters are amassing in Daraa and if they attack it will be from there.””

“In conjunction with the attack on the Kimyaa Battalion, fighters from al-Nusra Front attacked the city of Busra al-Sham in the southwest of the Suwaida governorate. However, the army, along with the Popular Committees in the city, were able to repulse the attack which led to injuries among government forces defending the city and many casualties among opposition fighters.
For its part, the Syrian army led a surprise offensive yesterday morning using tanks and air strikes against the villages of al-Hajjeh, al-Dawayeh al-Kubra, al-Sughra, Bir Ajam and al-Buraika in the central and south sectors of al-Quneitra in order to exhaust opposition fighters and diminish their strength, as Al-Akhbar learned.”

 

Syria: Rebels Left Yarmouk Refugee Camp

“Officials from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) say that the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been totally cleansed of rebel fighters following a deal between the rebels and Palestinians within the camp.

“There are no more foreign fighters in the camp,” the PLO confirmed.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/02/16/palestinians-rebels-left-yarmouk-refugee-camp/

The Syrian rebels` Israel connection

http://www.thenational.ae/world/revealed-how-syrian-rebels-seek-medical-help-from-an-unlikely-source-in-israel

“When a rebel was shot and severely wounded during a new offensive on Syria’s southern front, his colleagues knew the only hope of saving his life was to get him to Israel…Israeli soldiers checked the patient for booby-traps and weapons, and then whisked him over the border and rushed him to hospital.

This scenario from last week has played out more than 200 times in the past six months, rebels in southern Syria said…“More than 250 of our people have gone across, they get amazing medical care there,” said a rebel commander in Deraa”

 

Hamas in trouble

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/02/interview-jibril-rajoub-palestine-iran.html

“Hamas has a problem with Egypt, Syria, with more than a million Palestinians who are hostages in Gaza and with Israel. They don’t want to continue as a resistance group, nor do they want to deal as a state. They failed to set a good example when in power. “

Detained former Iranian Opposition Leader Transferred To His Own House

Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since February of 2011, has been allowed to be transferred to his home in Jamaran, where he will remain under house arrest. Saham News reported on Saturday February 1 that Karroubi was returned to his own home after three years.

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/feb/1011.html