A Jordanian police official says 10 Syrian security defectors have been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees and dissidents for President Bashar Assad's embattled regime.
The official says the 10 have been living in a compound run and guarded by Jordanian police in Mafraq, near the Syrian border. He says the men fled from the compound last Thursday but were arrested the same day.
He says the men were all low-ranking army and police deserters who escaped to Jordan during the Syrian uprising. They claimed they fled because they opposed the Syrian regime's alleged torture of civilians.
Jordan hosts an estimated 80,000 Syrian refugees.
The official insisted on anonymity, saying Sunday that public comment could undermine the ongoing investigation.