Jordan denies providing arms, training ground for Syria opposition

Some 1,000 Jordanian nationals are currently fighting alongside Syrian opposition fighters against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in next-door Syria

Jordan denies providing arms, training ground for Syria opposition

World Bulletin/News Desk

Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein al-Majali has denied reports that his country is arming or training Syrian rebels on its territories, state-run Petra news agency reported.

Al-Majali said his country's troops are "battling all kinds of weapons and drugs smuggling through the northern borders" with Syria, "which negates what's being circulated about arming and training [Syrian] opposition [by Jordan]."

Al-Majali's statements come during a Saturday ceremony marking the delivery of the first batch delivery of the of a Saudi aid package allocated for the Syrian and the Jordanian society.

Jordan's King Abdullah had been the first Arab ruler to call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down in the wake of the 2011 Syrian uprising which broke out into a yet-ongoing civil war.

Some 1,000 Jordanian nationals are currently fighting alongside Syrian opposition fighters against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in next-door Syria, according to Jordanian sources. 

However, the Jordanian authorities frequently announce the arrest of Syrians who they say are found in possession of arms and modern communication equipment.

Around 1.3 million Syrians currently live in Jordan, according to official data, including 581,000 registered refugees.

 

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