Jordanian troopers killed 27 armed smugglers on Thursday as they tried to cross the border from Syria throughout a daybreak snowstorm with a big amount of amphetamines, a military spokesman mentioned.
Others additionally carrying medication fled again into Syria in the course of the tried crossing, one in all a rising variety of such incidents over the previous yr, many involving firefights, which have prompted the military to toughen its guidelines of engagement with smugglers.
A number of others among the many smugglers, who had been “supported by different armed teams”, had been wounded, the military mentioned in an announcement.
It didn’t specify the place alongside the border the incursion occurred.
Many smugglers have favoured Jordan’s major border crossing to the Gulf area, the place the military has discovered medication, mostly an amphetamine generally known as Captagon, hidden in Syrian vehicles.
Jordanian officers say Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group and militias who management a lot of southern Syria are behind the surge in smuggling and help the smugglers’ operations. Hezbollah denies the accusations.
Jordanian officers say they’ve raised their issues with Syrian authorities and Russia, a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, whose navy police preserve a presence in southern Syria.
Syrian authorities have in current months introduced a number of main interceptions of medicine destined for Gulf markets and say they’re cracking down on home manufacturing of Captagon.
UN drug specialists say Syria, shattered by a decade of civil warfare, has turn into the area’s major manufacturing web site for medication additionally destined for Jordan, Iraq and Europe.