Aug 07 2012
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Over 150,000 Syrians in Jordan -- Judeh
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said over 150,000 Syrians had entered the Kingdom since May 2011.
"We hope that they can return to their homeland soon," Judeh said on the sidelines of an official visit by several foreign ambassadors to the Zaatari Refugee Camp on Monday.
Local officials called for greater coordination in order to continue providing assistance to displaced Syrians, who are arriving at a rate of some 1,500 persons per day.
Under a decision issued last month, the government gave the UN the green light to establish up to 22 camps in the border region in anticipation of the potential influx of up to one million Syrians.
Despite the added burden the growing refugee community is placing on Jordan's already-stressed resources, Amman has vowed to maintain its open-border policy, granting refuge to all Syrians entering the country.
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