Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

AMMAN — The Jordanian military mentioned Saturday that it killed 5 drug and weapon smugglers and arrested 15 in a day of clashes with armed teams of smugglers making an attempt to cross into Jordan from Syria.

The military assertion mentioned the clashes broke out earlier than daybreak between Jordanian border guards and armed organizations “that follow smuggling and depend on systematic infiltration operations.” It mentioned the smuggling operations have just lately elevated in frequency.

The state-run Jordan Information Company reported that in latest days smugglers have “aimed to cross the Kingdom’s border by pressure by concentrating on border guards.”

Jordanian safety forces seized Captagon amphetamine capsules, cannabis and weapons, the assertion mentioned.

Smugglers have used Jordan as a hall lately to smuggle the extremely addictive Captagon out of Syria, primarily to oil-rich Arab Gulf states. The drug is used recreationally and by folks with bodily demanding jobs to maintain them alert.

Jordanian authorities have intercepted some smuggling makes an attempt, together with some through which smugglers used drones to fly the medication over the border.

The US, Britain and European Union accuse Syrian President Bashar Assad, his household and allies, together with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, of facilitating and making the most of the commerce. Damascus has denied the accusations.

Over the previous 12 months, plenty of airstrikes believed to be carried out by Jordan have hit drug commerce services and figures in Syria.

In late August, an airstrike hit an alleged drug manufacturing facility in southern Syria close to the Jordanian border, an assault believed to have been carried out by Jordan’s air pressure. In Could, one other airstrike on a village in Sweida killed a well known Syrian drug kingpin and his household. Activists consider that strike was performed by the Jordanians.

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Jordan didn’t declare accountability for the strikes.

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