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Arms trafficking from Jordan to Syria

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On instructions from my Government, I should like to draw your attention to the following:

Further to my numerous letters concerning the support the Jordanian regime provides to armed terrorist groups in Syria, including facilitation of the entry via Syrian border crossings of trucks loaded with weapons destined for armed terrorist groups in Syria, in flagrant violation of Security Council resolutions concerning counter-terrorism, including resolutions 2170 (2014), 2178 (2014), 2199 (2015) and 2253 (2015), I should like to draw to your attention the following:

The Jordanian regime has facilitated the entry of trucks loaded with weapons destined for armed terrorist groups in Syria via several border crossings as follows:

• On 11 July 2016 at 0600 hours, armed terrorist groups brought three tractor-trailer trucks loaded with assorted weapons and ammunition from Jordan into Syria via the Tall Shihab border crossing. They were unloaded at a vineyard in Kharab al-Shahm Farms in the western countryside of Dar‘a governorate.

• On 24 July at 2130 hours, armed terrorist groups brought four vehicles from Jordan into Syria via the Abu Sharshuh border crossing and headed towards the Rusay‘i well in the Suwayda’ desert.

• On 27 July at 2300 hours, armed terrorist groups brought seven trucks loaded with tank shells, anti-armour missiles, spare parts for heavy machine guns and assorted ammunition from Jordan into Syria via the Tall Shihab crossing and headed towards the villages of Burayqah and Kudnah in the Qunaytirah countryside.

• On 3 August at 2145 hours, armed terrorist groups brought eight vehicles from Jordan into Syria via the Abu Sharshuh border crossing into the Suwayhat Abu Sharshuh area and headed towards the Rusay‘i well in the Suwayda’ desert.

The Government of the Syrian Arab Republic once again calls on the Security Council to assume its responsibility and take a firm approach when responding to this information and all of the information that we have sent in the past regarding the Jordanian regime’s ongoing support for the armed terrorist groups that are active across Syrian territory. Such support poses a threat to security and stability in the region and the world.

I should be grateful if this letter could be issued as a document of the Security Council.

Source : S/2016/743

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