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Jordanian military kills drug smugglers on Syrian border

Cross-border drug smuggling was a major topic of discussion during Syria’s readmission into the Arab League.
Officers of the Directorate of Narcotics Control of Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry sort through tablets of captagon (Fenethylline) seized during a special operation and presented before AFP afterward in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on March 1, 2022.

The Jordanian military clashed with drug smugglers on the Syrian border on Monday as the drug war continues to plague both countries.

Jordan’s official Petra news agency reported that the clashes on the northern border began at dawn on Monday, leading to “several” smugglers being killed and injured. Nine of the smugglers were arrested, and the Jordanian forces seized weapons along with 4,926,000 Captagon pills and 12,858 palm-sized sheets of hashish, according to the agency.

The agency described the clashes as “ongoing” as of Monday evening local time.

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