Smuggling of weapons rises sharply at Jordan borders

Smuggling of weapons across the Jordanian-Syrian borders rose by 300 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the Jordan Border Guards department.

Amman: Smuggling of weapons across the Jordanian-Syrian borders rose by 300 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the Jordan Border Guards department.

A majority of the smuggling attempts were made from Syria into Jordan, according to the department. In addition, infiltration attempts by people across the borders increased by 250 percent, reports Xinhua.

The army said it seized about 900 weapons, six million drug pills, and 24 vehicles, as some groups were trying to smuggle them from Syria into Jordan.

A majority of the cases of smuggling weapons come from Syria into Jordan, but the Jordanian army also arrested several people of different nationalities seeking to infiltrate Syria.

The army said it arrested about 1,595 individuals as they were trying to cross from Syria into Jordan illegally.