Jordan sets up office to deal with refugees

Filed on January 14, 2013

AMMAN - Jordan has set up an office affiliated with its interior ministry to deal with the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s civil war.

The kingdom has sheltered about 300,000 Syrians who escaped the 22-month conflict. But its single refugee camp in Zaatari has had scores of problems, including recent flooding, flimsy tents and miserable conditions.

The state Petra news agency said Monday that Maj. Gen Mohammed Al Zawahreh will head the new refugee office.

The report came as the UN refugee agency’s representative to Jordan, Andrew Harper, said 822 Syrians crossed overnight into Jordan. Harper says about 12,000 Syrians entered the country during the first two weeks of January.

Meanwhile, Gulf Arab states are providing $15 million in aid and trailers to help Zaatari refugees cope with winter weather.

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