Heavy smoke rises after rebel fighters reportedly fired mortar shells at sites belonging to Syrian regime forces in Arbeen, on the outskirts of Damascus, on May 16, 2015
Heavy smoke rises after rebel fighters reportedly fired mortar shells at sites belonging to Syrian regime forces in Arbeen, on the outskirts of Damascus, on May 16, 2015 © Abd Doumany - AFP/File
Heavy smoke rises after rebel fighters reportedly fired mortar shells at sites belonging to Syrian regime forces in Arbeen, on the outskirts of Damascus, on May 16, 2015
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Last updated: May 18, 2015

Syria accuses Jordan of training 'terrorists'

Syria has accused Jordan of training "terrorists" on its soil and urged the UN Security Council to force an end to Amman's backing of rebel groups.

The accusation came in a letter sent Monday by the foreign ministry to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the UN Security Council, the official news agency SANA said.

The letter criticised the "public and systematic support provided by the kingdom of Jordan to terrorist groups, increasing the suffering of Syria's citizens because of crimes committed by these groups".

The letter alleges Jordan "provides logistical support to armed terrorist groups, including (Al-Qaeda affiliate) Al-Nusra Front".

It also accuses Jordan of having "set up terrorist training camps on its soil as well as operations centres to help these groups and facilitate the infiltration of thousands of terrorists a day (into Syria)."

Jordan is a leading supporter of the Syrian opposition, and this month the United States began training opposition fighters on Jordanian soil to fight the Islamic State group.

Syria's government refers to all those seeking Assad's ouster as "terrorists".

The letter urged the Security Council to take measures "to stop the actions of Jordan that threaten security and stability in the region and the entire world".

Last month, rebel groups including Islamists seized the key Nasib border crossing between Syria and Jordan, the last post between the countries that remained under regime control.

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