Jordan foils arms smuggling bid from Syria, says army

A Jordanian soldier keeps watch at the Syrian border atop a military vehicle. (File photo: AFP)

Jordanian border guards on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle a large haul of weapons from Syria into the kingdom, the army said.

“The border guards arrested a group of people at dawn on Thursday as they tried to smuggle a large amount of weapons from Syria into Jordan,” state-run Petra news agency quoted an army statement as saying.

It did not elaborate.

Jordan, which says it currently hosts more than 500,000 refugees from Syria’s conflict, has tightened its borders, arresting and imprisoning dozens of jihadists who tried to its the war-torn neighbor.

The government in Amman denies accusations by the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the kingdom has opened up its borders to jihadist fighters.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40