World Bulletin/News Desk
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) said Saturday that it has taken full control of one of two main crossing points on borders between Syria and Jordan following four days of fighting with President Bashar al-Assad's security forces.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, FSA commander Yasser al-Aboud said that fighters have taken full control of the Daraa crossing point between Syria and Jordan following a military operation launched in cooperation with a host of Islamic battalions.
Opposition media outlets reported on Wednesday that the FSA had controlled major parts of the crossing point.
The al-Assad regime has not confirmed the reports.
There are two crossing points on the border between Jordan and Syria, namely the Daraa and Nasib crossing points.
Al-Aboud said the regime army had used aircraft and artillery in an attempt to retain control of the crossing point.
The SFA commander said that the Daraa crossing contains several important military sites, including the headquarters of the Air Force intelligence.
About 400 SFA fighters had taken part in the operation to take control of the Daraa crossing, al-Aboud said.
Eight fighters have been killed and 14 others injured in the operation, he said. At least 16 civilians were also killed and 60 others wounded.
The 370- kilometer borderline between Syria and Jordan contains dozens illegal crossing points used by Syrian refugees to flee the fighting in their country into Jordan, Syrian opposition sources said.
Syrian refugees in Jordan are estimated at 515,000, according to the Jordanian government's refugee agency.Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2013, 14:28