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Jordan downs drone near Syria border: military

AFP , Thursday 11 May 2017
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Jordan's air force has shot down an unidentified drone near the border with war-torn Syria, the military said on Wednesday.

"F-16 fighter jets from the royal air force downed a drone near the northern border with Syria," an air force official said, reading from a statement.

Air force staff were gathering the debris of the aircraft in the northern province of Mafraq to analyse them, he said.

The kingdom shares a desert border of more than 370 kilometres (230 miles) with Syria, where a six-year war has killed more than 320,000 people and displaced millions.

The UN refugee agency says it has registered more than 650,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan since the war broke out in 2011. Amman says it hosts 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

Jordan shot down an identified a drone in Mafraq in 2014.

The kingdom is part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.

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