Jordanian killed by stray mortar from fighting in southern Syria
FILE - In this picture taken on Saturday, April 18, 2015, a car passes in an area that was destroyed during the battle between the U.S. backed Kurdish forces and the Islamic State fighters, in Kobani, north Syria. Turkish officials said on Thursday, June 25, 2015 that the Islamic State group has staged a new attack on the Kurdish town of Kobani, which resisted a months-long assault by the Islamic militants until they were pushed out earlier this year. Two Turkish officials say Thursday's attack involved a suicide bomber detonating his car near the border gate. (AP Photo/Mehmet Shakir, File)

AMMAN: A Jordanian was killed on Thursday when a stray mortar bomb from fighting in southern Syria hit a bustling market place in the Jordanian town of Ramtha, a security source said on Thursday.

The mortar killed a street vendor, wounded several people and damaged some shops, the source said. The market was busy because people were doing their shopping ahead of the daily fast-breaking meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier three other mortar bombs had hit the town. Ramtha is close to the Syrian city of Deraa, where rebels launched a dawn offensive against Syrian government forces.


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