Report: Jordan allows Israel to use airpsace

April 22, 2013 at 5:49 AM

AMMAN, Jordan, April 22 (UPI) -- Jordan has agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to monitor the situation in war-torn Syria, Western intelligence sources told a French newspaper.

The report published Monday by the French daily Le Figaro said two air corridors -- one in the south of Jordan from the Negev region in southern Israel and another north of Amman -- have been made available to the Israeli air force.

Israel has stated concerns over the situation in Syria, including jihadist elements operating near its border and chemical weapons stockpiles in the country, the newspaper said.

Jordan's King Abdullah decided to permit Israel to use his country's airspace after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Jordan in March, the newspaper said.

Abdullah's decision threatens the fragile situation Jordan is facing due to thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Le Figaro said. Their presence in Jordan has affected the country's economy.

The newspaper said Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected all proposals for a cease-fire and in a recent television interview issued a veiled warning to Jordan.

"The fire will not stop at our borders. Everyone knows that Jordan is also exposed [to the crisis] that Syria knows," Assad was quoted as saying.

Neither Israel nor Jordan officially commented on the Le Figaro report.

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