Jordan Declares Border Military Zone, “Iron Fist” Response

King Abdullah of Jordan, in a Palace statement, vowed to respond “with an iron fist” to the car bomb attack that killed six army border guards in the Rukban district, close to the border with Syria.

Six hours after the attack which took place in the early hours of Monday, Jordan closed its northern and northeastern border with Syria and declared the area closed military zones. The attackers used “a booby-trapped car” according to the statement from the military and the state TV described it as a “cowardly terrorist attack.”

Several regional countries have condemned the attack including Syria.

A source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry linked the attack to the ongoing war in the country. “This terrorist attack stresses once again that terrorism knows no border and that no one is immune to it” the source told Syria Arab News Agency. Damascus has repeatedly warned that terrorism will backfire on its supporters, the source said.

No group has claimed the attack but it is believed to have been carried out by armed groups fighting in Syria.

Syria has always stressed its readiness “to cooperate with the brothers in fighting terrorism and preserving the security and stability of the region,” the source added.

The attack took place close to a refugee camp housing around 60,000 Syrian refugees. Amman has suspended all humanitarian aid to the area and will neither open new ones nor expand the current ones on its territory. Aid agencies have already raised concerns about the deteriorating living conditions of the refugees.

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