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Jordan opens first camp for Syrian refugees on its territory
Mafraq, July 29 (Petra) -- The first camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan formally opened on Sunday in the northern town of Zaatari in the Mafraq Governorate, 80 kilometers northeast of Amman.

Interior Minister Ghaleb Zu'bi said during a ceremony to open the camp that Jordan's arms and doors have been open to any anyone seeking refuge in the country and had provided the refugees with all needed support.

The minister said that an initial group of 500 Syrian refugees will today move to the camp which will accommodate in its first stage 9,000 refugees.

Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said the camp was set up due to the increasing flow of Syrian refugees into the Kingdom as well as the strong ties and social bonds between Jordanians and Syrians.

He predicted that up to 1,000 to 2,000 Syrians will cross into the Kingdom daily, adding that the Kingdom had so far received 142,000 displaced Syrians.

Judeh said His Majesty King Abdullah was keen to provide necessary support to the refugees despite poor infrastructure and limited economic resources that put additional burdens on the Kingdom.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR Representative Andrew Harper thanked Jordanian institutions, namely the Jordan Armed Forces and charity organizations which came to the aid of the refugees.

The interior and foreign ministers as well as representatives of international organizations toured the camp and checked on services made available there.

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29/7/2012 - 05:20:34 PM

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