Over 2,000 Syrian soldiers defected to Jordan
AMMAN (AFP) - More than 2,000 Syrian soldiers have defected to Jordan since the conflict erupted last year in the neighbouring country, the commander of Jordan's border guards said in remarks published on Monday.
"The number of refugees who have entered Jordan through unofficial border crossings until Wednesday has reached more than 74,000 Syrians... 2053 of them soldiers from various ranks," Brigadier General Hussein al-Ziyud told the semi-official Al-Dustour newspaper.
Brig Gen Ziyud said the soldiers have been "taken to special places under special protection," adding that "many of them were shot at as they tried to enter Jordan and some of the gunfire hit Jordanian territory."
"This has pushed the Jordanian armed forces to to take preventive measures to deal with developments taking place in Syria," he said without giving further details.