The authorities in Jordan have declared the country’s northern and north eastern borders with Syria as a closed military zone. Vehicles or individuals wishing to travel across the shared border will have to coordinate their movement with the authorities prior to arrival. The Jordanian authorities have also suspended humanitarian operations in parts of this area. The developments follow a 21 June suicide car bombing in the vicinity of Rukban, located near a refugee camp, and the shared border with Syria and Iraq, which left six Jordanian security force personnel dead and 14 wounded.
The attack on 21 June is one of the most severe in Jordan in recent years. The authorities are likely to respond by extending an already heightened security alert status across the shared border with Syria, and in cities and towns across the country, over the near-term. Additional checkpoints and patrols should also be anticipated on roads leading from the country’s international borders with Syria and Iraq to the interior.