Jordan Saw Massive Influx of Syrian Refugees Last Week

World | August 28, 2012, Tuesday // 14:49
Bulgaria: Jordan Saw Massive Influx of Syrian Refugees Last Week More than 14,500 Syrian refugees are now being sheltered at Jordan's Al Zaatri camp as the number arriving accelerates. Photo by

The number of Syrians fleeing to the Al Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan has doubled over the past week, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Some 10,200 people entered the camp in the week ending on August 27, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Flemming has told reporters.

"Refugees say many thousands more are waiting to cross amid violence aroung Daraa and we believe this could be the start of a much larger influx," she added, as cited by international media.

Jordan now hosts more than 160,000 Syrian refugees — the most of any country in the region.

On Monday, Jordan's government and the UN launched a USD 429 M aid appeal to provide basic services for a Syrian refugee population growing by some 2,300 persons per day

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