Syrian Rebels Close Off Border Posts with Jordan


0  Updated at 2:18 am, March 26th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Scott Peterson/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — For now, Jordan is taking no action following a report that Syrian opposition fighters have closed down Syria’s two border crossing posts with its neighbor to the south.

A Jordanian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, “The Free Syrian Army closed the two crossings of Daraa and Naseeb from their side after they took control of them.”

Meanwhile, Information Minister Samih Maaytah told Jordan’s news agency his government “is monitoring the Syrian crisis and any decision will be taken in line with our national interest.”

The shutdown comes after fierce fighting in the area between rebels and government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Since the start of the conflict two years ago, an estimated 450,000 Syrian refugees have poured into Jordan seeking refuge from the fighting.

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