epa05849341 Jordanian soldiers on top of military vehicles keep watch near the informal Rugban refugee camp at the Jordan-Syria border point of Al-Rugban area, northeast of Jordan, 14 March 2017 (issued 15 March 2017). The remote area of Al-Rugban near the extreme northeast of Jordan received Syrians fleeing from the war in the neighboring country, becoming a de facto camp. However, Jordan sealed the border point in 2016 following a cross-border jihadist attack that killed seven Jordanian border guards in June 2016. According to estimates, the area was hosting over 70,000 Syrians in 2016 living in harsh conditions that raised criticism from rights groups. EPA/JAMAL NASRALLAH
Syrian army, allies seize more of Jordanian frontier: report
The Syrian army and its allies seized control of nine positions at Syria’s border with Jordan, expanding their control at the southern frontier, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday.
The captured border positions were located to the southeast of Damascus, the report said, adding that militants had been killed and wounded during the attack. It did not identify the insurgents, or say when the positions had been captured.
Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shi‘ite group, is fighting in support of the Syrian government, which is making rapid territorial gains against insurgents in southern and eastern Syria.
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