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Syria shell attack injures young girl in Jordan

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Syria shell attack injures young girl in Jordan


A father in Jordan has told how his young daughter was hurt by shelling from Syria, in another sign of the growing consequences of the conflict.

Bullets and shells landed in Jordan during clashes on the Syrian side of the border between the army and rebel forces. The incident has been slammed as “unacceptable” by Amman.

The little girl, in a village 80 kilometres north of the Jordanian capital, says she was hit in the eyes. She escaped serious injury.

“I was covered in blood,” said Tala Amin. “We ran to our neighbour’s house. They came and took me to hospital.”

The criticism from Jordan was its strongest yet after a number of violent episodes stoking tensions along the border.

Officials have previously accused Syrian troops of firing on fleeing refugees, reportedly killing a six- year-old boy last month.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have crossed into Jordan since the start of the uprising.

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