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Jordan army denies firing at Syria refugees

Jordanian soldiers take security measures as they do not let any Syrians to cross the border after Syrians fled from the ongoing military operations by Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies in Syria’s Daraa, on June 30, 2018 [Ammar Al Ali / Anadolu Agency]
Jordanian soldiers take security measures as Syrians wait at the border after fleeing the ongoing military operations by the Syrian Regime on 30 June 2018 [Ammar Al Ali/Anadolu Agency]

The Jordanian army yesterday denied claims its forces opened fire on Syrian refugees near its border with the war torn country.

“The video and news reported by some media outlets and circulated on social media websites about Jordanian armed forces shooting some displaced persons on the border with Syria are absolutely untrue,” the army said in a statement.

The person who appeared to have been shot by the Jordanian forces in the video was actually injured in Syria, the statement continued. “The video is old, and it is intended to disrupt Jordan’s role and its armed forces.”

It stressed that “the Jordanian armed forces did not fire at any of the displaced people not in the past and not during this crisis”, explaining that the General Command’s orders are clear and strict in this regard.

The Jordanian army said “the deliberate publication of fabricated material indicates that some terrorists try to exploit the events”.

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