Jordan closes schools near border due to Syria fighting

Move follows recent renewal of clashes between rival Syrian factions across tense border

Jordan closes schools near border due to Syria fighting

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jordanian authorities on Thursday closed schools in the Liwaa al-Ramtha area near the country’s northern border with Syria due to a recent intensification of fighting in ​​Syria’s southern city of Daraa.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Jordanian Education Ministry spokesman Walid al-Jallad said all schools in the area had shut their doors Thursday “due to fierce battles” now underway on the Syrian side of the border.

“The move is a precautionary measure aimed at guaranteeing students’ safety,” he added. 

He did not say when the schools would be reopened.

Despite a ceasefire in Syria that went into effect last December, recent days have seen clashes erupt in the southern city of Daraa between a ISIL affiliate and the opposition Free Syrian Army.

Jordan shares a 375-kilometer border with conflict-ridden Syria, and more than 1.3 million Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan since the conflict began almost six years ago. 

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since mid-2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which had erupted as part of the “Arab Spring” uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity. 

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed in the conflict and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN figures. 


Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Şubat 2017, 20:02