Syria forces open fire on refugees crossing into Jordan (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 04/23/12)
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Syrian forces have opened fire on civilians fleeing to neighboring
Jordan, killing at least one refugee and injuring dozens, activists
and relief workers said on Sunday.
A Jordanian security source confirmed that Syrian soldiers opened
fire on hundreds of civilians attempting to cross the border on
Aid workers said the attack near the Syrian border city of Naseeb
left many refugees suffering from bullet wounds and burns. They said
some 180 arrived in Jordan on Saturday.
The Kitab Al Sunna Society, a non-governmental group that helps
refugees, said dozens of unaccompanied children were among the new
arrivals, raising fears that their parents were either killed or
Dozens of refugees were rushed to state-run hospitals. One person
died in hospital, aid workers said.
Opposition activists say the border attack is designed to prevent
rebels and army defectors from fleeing to Jordan.
Jordan has witnessed an influx of Syrian refugees in the days since
the announcement of UN-brokered ceasefire earlier this month, which
according to relief agencies has reached 500 each day.
Jordan follows an open-border policy, granting refuge to all Syrians
entering the country, which according to officials and the UNHCR has
surpassed 110,000 since March 2011.
Meanwhile, the opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
reported Sunday that at least 13 people were killed in violence
Six civilians were killed by security forces in the central province
of Homs, the Britain-based observatory said.
Three others were killed in the village of Al Rami in the northern
province of Idlib, it said.
Four army soldiers were killed in a bombing attack targeting a
personnel carrier on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus,
the observatory added. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/23/12)
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