Jordanian military kills 27 drug smugglers in shoot-out at border...

Jordanian military kills 27 drug smugglers in shoot-out at border

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:35 PM, 27 January 2022   Updated: 08:38 PM, 27 January 2022

An illegal drug industry has flourished in Syria after 10 years of civil war; File Photo/AP

An illegal drug industry has flourished in Syria after 10 years of civil war; File Photo/AP

The Jordanian troops have killed 27 suspected smugglers attempting to enter the country from neighboring Syria with drugs. 

A Jordanian military spokesman said smugglers were trying to cross the border with large quantities of “amphetamines” during a snowstorm on Thursday (January 27).

However, he did not specify where the incident on the Syrian-Jordanian border took place.

Many traffickers choose Jordan’s main border crossing to travel to Gulf countries, where they smuggle drugs by Syrian freight trucks. From here, the Jordanian army often seizes various drug shipments. Among the drugs seized is amphetamine known as Captagon.

Jordanian officials say Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group and militia groups, which control much of southern Syria, are behind the rise in drug smuggling. They help smugglers in a variety of ways. However, Hezbollah has denied the allegations.

Jordanian officials say they have raised their concerns with the Syrian authorities and Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad’s loyal military police have a presence in southern Syria.

In recent months, Syrian authorities have seized several large shipments of narcotics destined for the Gulf. They are also trying to stop the production of the Captagon in the country.

UN experts say Syria, which has been plagued by nearly a decade of civil war, has become a major source of drug production in the Middle East, from where drugs are smuggled into Europe, besides Jordan and Iraq.

Source: Al Jazeera

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