Almost 50000 Syrian refugees trapped at Jordan border

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 17, 2017

The refugees reportedly comprise an estimated 4,000 people at the Hadalat border crossing and 45,000, mostly women and children, at the Rukban border crossing in Jordan's extreme northeast.

United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that "some people are reportedly attempting to leave the area, risking further danger and deprivation in an inhospitable desert location". In one section, called Hadalat, an estimated 4,000 people are reportedly living exclusively on flour and water, he said.

Jordan closed its border with Syria in June 2016 after a Daesh auto bombing staged from near Rukban killed seven Jordanian border guards.

United Nations spokesman Haq told journalists on Monday that United Nations agencies "are deeply concerned about the security and protection" of the almost 50,000 people stranded at the border. There are reportedly more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since then, global aid organizations have wrestled with the dilemma posed by sending aid to an off-limits area.

Jordan is part of the US-led coalition fighting IS.

The UN refugee agency says it has registered more than 650,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan since the conflict began.

The worldwide community should take the necessary steps to prevent further harm to the vulnerable civilian population stranded at the border, majority are children and women.

The Syrian army recently advanced to the border with Jordan for the first time since 2011 - when foreign-backed militancy started in Syria - liberating a 30-kilometer-long stretch of land along the frontier.

The military advance was portrayed by Syrian state media as necessary to close major smuggling points where rebels allegedly bring weapons into Syria. Jordanian authorities voiced their concern over Iran's expanding influence in Syria.

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