Syrian and Jordanian forces clash in border area
ALEPPO, Syria/AMMAN: Fighting broke out between Jordanian and Syrian forces in a border region between the two countries overnight, but a Jordanian source said on Saturday no one on Jordans side appeared to have been killed.
A Syrian opposition activist who witnessed the fighting said armored vehicles were involved in the clash in the Tel Shihab-Turra area, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the Jordanian capital Amman, that occurred after Syrian refugees tried to cross into Jordan.
The Syrian side fired across the border and fighting ensued. Initial reports indicate that there has been no one killed from the Jordanian side, said the Jordanian source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Jordanian troops have fired near the border in the past to stop Syrians from shooting at fleeing refugees. Syrias long border with Jordan has been an escape route for opponents of Assad, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab who defected this week.
Posted by: Steve White 2012-08-12