Report: Syria laying mines at border with Jordan

November 16, 2011 20:12

The Syrian army has laid mines at the border with Jordan in order to "restrict access to humanitarian asylum in Jordan for Syrians," according to an "informed source" speaking with Jordanian daily Al Ghad.

The source told Al Ghad that the mines were laid specifically to block access to citizens in the Deraa governate - the site of some of the earliest anti-government protests that took place this year - and the city of Al Ramtha."[Syrians] are fleeing the deteriorating security situation in their country," the source said according to Al Ghad.

More than 19,000 Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring Turkey since violence began eight months ago between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and anti-regime activists, according to the New York Times. An estimated 6,000 evacuees are also residing in Lebanon, according to Dubai-based Al Arabiya.

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