King Abdullah Meets Families of Fallen Soldiers in the Recent Border Attack

His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday met with the families of the seven soldiers who fell in the recent border attack.

His Majesty expressed his pride in the “heroic acts and sacrifices of JAF and security personnel who defend the country with valour that cannot be undermined by the forces of darkness and evil”, a Royal Court statement said, THE JORDAN TIMES reported.

Seven men were killed in the terror attack targeting a military post serving refugees in the Rakban area on the northeastern border with Syria last Tuesday.

The King expressed his condolences and deep sympathies to the families that lost loved ones, stressing that Jordan’s source of strength comes from the bravery of its soldiers.

“They are the first defence line protecting the country and its people,” he said.

King Abdullah and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed over the phone on Friday the latest developments in the Middle East, especially regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and its criminal organisations.

In this regard, Ban voiced the UN’s support for the Kingdom under all circumstances and vowed to help the country address challenges ensuing from regional crises.

He also commended Jordan’s efforts in dealing with the repercussions of the Syrian crisis and maintaining the region’s security and stability.

King Abdullah urged the international community to bear its responsibility in dealing with the refugee crisis, which, he said, is a world problem, the statement added.

Jordan will not allow any circumstance to threaten the security of its borders and stability, King Abdullah stressed, highlighting the Kingdom has repeatedly called on the international community to intensify its efforts in dealing with the Syrian crisis, mainly refugees.

The UN official extended his and the international community’s condolences to His Majesty and the Jordanian people over the loss of life in the terrorist attack that targeted a military post dedicated for serving Syrian refugees on the northeastern border, according to a Royal Court statement.

The King met with the families of Corporal Noureddine Shihadeh, Corporal Ahmad Sbeihi, Lance Corporal Rashad Talafha, Lance Corporal Bilal Zu’bi and Private Khader Hajji from JAF, in addition to Public Security Department’s Officer Odai Khawaldeh and Civil Defence Department’s Sergeant Anas Asmar.

For their part, the families expressed their appreciation of His Majesty’s continuous support for the soldiers and security personnel.