Syria Crisis: Jordan's Syrian Border Tighten
- Category: Uncensored News
- Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 09:19
Jordan's king has announced that security along the country's northern frontier has been tightened, but Syrian refugees fleeing violence will still be allowed to enter, officials said Monday.
King Abdullah II said at a Cabinet session late Sunday that government plans to protect the border were "moving in the right direction," a Royal Court statement said, without providing details.
"It is our duty to protect citizens, but at the same time, we have to open our doors to our Syrian brothers, and I'm very optimistic that the situation is moving in the right direction," the king said.
Government spokesman Sameeh Maaytah said the northern region was secured against "any infiltrations."
Jordan hosts more than 140,000 Syrian refugees. It has been concerned about Syria's civil war spilling across the border
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