United Nations urges swift aid to border refugees, lauds Jordan's 'exemplary efforts'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 17, 2017

Leaving the area risks danger and deprivation in an "inhospitable desert location", making many Syrians "unsure of where to go in search of safety".

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group slew seven Jordanian troops in a bombing near Rukban a year ago, forcing the closure of the common border and triggering the Jordanian army to declare the country's desert areas, which border Syria and Iraq, "closed military zones".

An estimated number of 4,000 Syrians at Hadalat and 45,000 Syrians at Rukban - mainly women and children - remain stranded at Syria's southern border with Jordan, the statement said. Some families in one part of the berm, Hadalat, where an estimated 4,000 people are living, are reportedly living exclusively on flour and water. There are reportedly more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Haq said that United Nations agencies "are deeply concerned about the security and protection" of the stranded refugees.

The Syrian Armed forces captured a key area along the Jordan border last Thursday when government soldiers and their allies closed major smuggling points used by ISIS rebels.

The UN is ready to continue supporting Amman, he said, and "immediately provide protection and additional life-saving assistance as needed".

The UN has called on all sides "take the necessary steps to prevent further harm to the frightened and highly vulnerable individuals stranded at the border", Haq said. Jordanian authorities voiced their concern over Iran's expanding influence in Syria.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down with unexpected ferocity on pro-democracy protests that erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings.

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