Jordanian authorities leave one dead, three wounded in border shooting
Army officials from Jordan reported Monday that some of its border guards killed a man and wounded three other individuals who were trying to cross into the Kingdom from Syria illegally, according to Agence France Presse.
"Four people attempted at dawn to infiltrate Jordan from Syria. Border guards clashed with them, killing a man and wounding the others, who have now been hospitalized," the brief statement released by the Jordanian army said.
The shooting comes only two days after Jordanian troops wounded seven out of ten individuals trying to cross from Syria; three others were arrested.
Authorities told reporters that smuggling across the Jordan-Syria border has increased by over 300 percent within the past year, with numerous incidents of trafficking attempts stopped and foiled.
The kingdom is currently home to more than 500,000 Syrian refugees, most of them living in camps in the north.