UNHCR chief rallies support for Syria refugees in Jordan

Calls on international community to continue providing asssitance to Jordan to allow country to deal with refugees.

UNHCR chief rallies support for Syria refugees in Jordan
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres on Thursday visited Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, during which he called for stepped-up support for Jordan to help meet the needs of Syrian refugees.

During his visit to the camp, Guterres called on the international community to continue providing assistance to Jordan to allow the country to cope with the massive influx of Syrian refugees, the official Petra news agency reported.

"Regional security conditions represent a significant strain on the economy and society, but it also underlines the generosity of the Jordanian people and the dire need for the government's efforts to be matched by support from the international community," Guterres said.

He added that he was "here to express solidarity with displaced Syrians" amid an ongoing cold snap in the region.

Last week, the Jordanian authorities transferred several Syrian refugee families from the Zaatari camp, Jordan's largest camp for Syrian refugees, to another camp in the country's east due to fears of flooding and heavy rainfall.

Zaatari currently houses over 83,000 Syrian refugees.

Syria has been in the throes of civil war since mid-2011, when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into an armed insurrection following a violent government crackdown.

Around 1.3 million Syrians currently live in Jordan, according to official data, including 650,000 registeredrefugees.

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