facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Jordanian warplanes hit convoy entering from Syria

Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   April 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/i/UPI-1301397753664/2014/1/13977545715300/Jordanian-warplanes-hit-convoy-entering-from-Syria.jpg
AMMAN , Jordan, April 17 (UPI) -- In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.

The Jordanian armed forces said in a statement its warplane fired upon the vehicles Wednesday after security demands and warning shots were ignored. “The army will not tolerate such actions,” it said, even though the border is routinely crossed by smugglers, Syrian insurgents and refugees.

No information was given about the occupants of the vehicles, which were pickup trucks. Syrian state media said they were not a part of the Syrian army.

Jordan has attempted to maintain a low profile in Syria’s civil war, fearing violence could spread over the border. It has also sought to regulate the flow of refugees streaming from Syria, of whom 600,000 are registered in Jordan. It has, however, offered limited military help to rebel groups it considers non-extremist.

Jordan also arrests smugglers at its border, but airstrikes such as those on Wednesday are rare.


[New York Times]

Follow @adamczyk_ed and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
2
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
3
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
4
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback