Syria's neighbors dragged into conflict: Jordan's border villages hit

Published August 21st, 2012 - 09:04 GMT
Syrian refugee children play at the Zaatari refugee camp close to the Jordanian city Mafraq, near the border with Syria
Syrian refugee children play at the Zaatari refugee camp close to the Jordanian city Mafraq, near the border with Syria

Jordan summoned on Sunday the Syrian ambassador after four rockets fired by Syrian regime forces fell inside its northern border area, wounding a young girl, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Earlier, Jordan’s Information Minister and government spokesman Samih Maaytah told AFP that a young girl was injured after four rockets fell on an area near the border with Syria as a result of clashes inside Syria.” 

“We are in touch with the Syrian sides to determine what happened,” he said without indicating the source of the fire.

The Jordanian government summoned the Syrian ambassador in Amman and gave him a letter of protest. Jordan rejects what happened and will make sure it does not occur in the future,” Maaytah said.

Qassem Mayyas, head of the Ramtha Hospital, told AFP: “The four-year-old girl left hospital after being treated for minor head injuries.”

Zayed Hammad, head of the prominent Jordanian Ketab and Sunnah charity which cares for more than 50,000 Syrian refugees near the border, said the rockets fell on Torrah border village, “injuring several people.”

“The Jordanian army sealed off the entire area,” he told AFP.

Jordan currently hosts more than 150,000 Syrian refugees. Many of them come under Syrian army fire as they flee to the kingdom, whose troops provide covering fire.


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