UN establishes new Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

The Jordanian government, in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has opened the newest refugee camp in Jordan to accommodate up to 25,000 refugees who have fled the on-going Syrian civil war.
By JC Finley  |  May 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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AMMAN, Jordan, May 1 (UPI) -- A new Syrian refugee camp opened Wednesday in Jordan, 62 miles east of Amman.

Azraq Camp was established by the Jordanian government and the UN Refugee Agency to relieve overflow pressure at the nearby Za'atri camp, one of the world's largest refugee camps.

The new camp can accommodate 25,000 refugees. UNHCR Representative to Jordan Andrew Harper tweeted an aerial photo of the camp.

Its establishment, borne out of necessity, reflects the deteriorating condition in Syria. UNHCR Azraq field office head Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth points out that the opening of Azraq camp is also demonstrative of "the continuous commitment of the Jordanian authorities and the Jordanian people to receive refugees here."

UNHCR has registered 594,596 "active" Syrian refugees in Jordan. A significant number of those refugees are children, between the ages of 0 and 17; most of Azraq camp's future residents are likely to children.

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