Jordan seizes weapons by Syria border
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A large amount of weapons and ammunition were seized in the northern border near Syria, the Jordanian Armed Forces said in an official statement aired on the country’s official TV Thursday.
“Border guards on the northern frontier – near border city of Al-Ramtha – confiscated large quantities of weapons, ammunition and drugs,” the statement said.
The Jordanian Armed Forces, meanwhile, didn’t give further details on the type of weapons that were confiscated.
The people attempting to smuggle these weapons were also arrested but their identities were kept anonymous as well.
In July, Jordan’s King Abdullah said the kingdom was ready to defend itself from any threat to its security from the conflict in neighboring Syria.
Jordan has held joint military exercises with the United States alongside 17 other countries. Diplomats say the exercises were aimed to send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Meanwhile, Jordan fearing threats from the Syrian conflict, has requested Washington to leave behind a detachment of F-16s and U.S. Patriot missiles after the international exercises were over.
The Syrian conflict, which started more than two years ago to remove Assad from power, has morphed into a civil war and has destructively affected other neighboring countries such as Lebanon.
The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people, according to the United Nations.