Syria closes its land borders with Jordan: officials

AMMAN Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:40am EDT

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AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria closed all its land border crossings with neighboring Jordan Monday, officials said, following the deployment of Syrian army tanks in the southern border city of Deraa to crush a pro-democracy uprising.

A senior diplomat in the Jordanian capital confirmed that the two main Syrian crossings at Deraa and Nassib on the Syrian side were closed to traffic. An official told Reuters the "timing is related to what appears to be a major security operation that is taking place right now."

(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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