Looting on Jordan-Syria border costs investors $100 million

Following collapse of Naseeb border point with Syria

06 April, 14:32

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    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, APRIL 6 - Following collapse of Naseeb border point with Syria, looting of Jordan Syria free trade zone cost businessmen losses of nearly $ 100 million, business owners said on Monday.

    Business leaders have called on Syria to compensate them for the losses, arguing that Damascus was responsible for safety of their investment.

    Nabeel Rumman, president of the Jordan Free Zone Investors commission said tones items imported by Jordanian businessmen remain in storehouses in the rebel's controlled territories.

    Eye witnesses said looting took place in an organized manner minutes after rebels announced capture of the border.

    An eye witness told ANSA that looters brought dozens of trucks to the areas and started taking anything they could lay their hands on.

    "They took computer items, wood products, food and ripped off the furniture, electric items and even decoration on the walls," the source from Deraa told ANSA.

    Jordan has shot down its borders with Syria after rebels last week announced a major attack on the crossing.

    Damascus accuses Amman of facilitating attack in order to push Syrian troops from the border areas, but Amman denies the accusations as baseless.

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