Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.
UPI, By Ed Adamczyk, April 17
Amman – In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.
The Jordanian armed forces said in a statement its warplane fired upon the vehicles Wednesday after security demands and warning shots were ignored. “The army will not tolerate such actions,” it said, even though the border is routinely crossed by smugglers, Syrian insurgents and refugees.
No information was given about the occupants of the vehicles, which were pickup trucks. Syrian state media said they were not a part of the Syrian army.
Jordan air strike at Syrian border said to hit convoy of U.S.-trained rebels
Amman — For the first time, Jordan has launched air strikes on neighboring Syria.
The Jordanian military said fighter-jets attacked armored vehicles in southern Syria as they sought to cross the border into the Hashemite kingdom.
A military statement said the camouflaged vehicles, identified as Land Rovers, were destroyed.
Later, diplomatic sources said the vehicles, several of them pickups with mounted machine guns, were driven by U.S.-trained Sunni rebels who fled the Syrian Army and rival Islamist militias.
The sources said the vehicles were suspected of containing weapons and drugs. They said most of the occupants of the vehicles fled when they saw the Jordanian aircraft.
“The Royal Jordanian Air Force on Wednesday destroyed a number of armored vehicles when they attempted to enter into the kingdom from Syria,” the military said.
The statement marked the first time Jordan reported an air strike on Syria amid its three-year civil war.