The Jordanian troops have killed 27 suspected smugglers trying to enter the nation from neighboring Syria with medication.
A Jordanian navy spokesman mentioned smugglers had been making an attempt to cross the border with giant portions of “amphetamines” throughout a snowstorm on Thursday (January 27).
Nevertheless, he didn’t specify the place the incident on the Syrian-Jordanian border happened.
Many traffickers select Jordan’s fundamental border crossing to journey to Gulf international locations, the place they smuggle medication by Syrian freight vans. From right here, the Jordanian military usually seizes numerous drug shipments. Among the many medication seized is amphetamine generally known as Captagon.
Jordanian officers say Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group and militia teams, which management a lot of southern Syria, are behind the rise in drug smuggling. They assist smugglers in a wide range of methods. Nevertheless, Hezbollah has denied the allegations.
Jordanian officers say they’ve raised their considerations with the Syrian authorities and Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s loyal navy police have a presence in southern Syria.
In current months, Syrian authorities have seized a number of giant shipments of narcotics destined for the Gulf. They’re additionally making an attempt to cease the manufacturing of the Captagon within the nation.
UN specialists say Syria, which has been stricken by almost a decade of civil battle, has develop into a serious supply of drug manufacturing within the Center East, from the place medication are smuggled into Europe, moreover Jordan and Iraq.
Supply: Al Jazeera