Syrian troops opened fire against a group of around 300 refugees who were crossing the border into Jordan. The news was reported by an Amman government spokesman, denying previous reports of some media regarding an exchange of fire between Jordan and Syrian troops. The same source in fact stressed that Jordan forces didn’t respond to the fire.
According to the Jordan Times, an exchange of fire, though minor, did occur near the village of al Turra after the Syrians “mistakenly aimed at a Jordan soldier”. The exchange lasted around 15 minutes, however no casualties were reported.
Jordan is among the nations hosting an increasing number of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country. Based on UN estimates, come 37,000 Syrians have been registered as refugees in Jordan, but thousands more are present, staying with relatives or waiting to receive aid.
According to the government, around a thousand Syrians are crossing each day into Jordan. Amman has announced the opening next week of a camp able to host up to 150,000 people.