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UN urges Jordan to open its borders to Syria refugees

Syrian families are seen near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border after they fled from the ongoing military operations by Bashar al-Assad regime and its supporters in Syria’s Daraa, on 27 June, 2018 [Ammar Al Ali/Anadolu Agency]
Syrian families are seen near the Golan Heights and the Israel-Jordan border after they fled from the ongoing military operations by Bashar al-Assad regime and its supporters in Syria’s Daraa, on 27 June, 2018 [Ammar Al Ali/Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations urged Jordan yesterday to open its borders to Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict that has been escalating in the southwestern Daraa region.

The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Liz Throssell urged neighbouring countries “with the financial ability to host large numbers of refugees to take in fleeing civilians.”

She noted in a press briefing that the situation in Daraa is “worsening”, causing thousands of refugees to remain “stranded, without adequate shelter, at the border with Jordan.”

“We call on the Jordanian Government to keep its border open and for other countries in the region to step up and receive the fleeing civilians,” Throssell added.

Around 270,000 refugees have fled the air raids and ground attacks in the past two weeks, the UN’s refugee agency estimated.

READ: Number of Syrians fleeing Daraa reaches 270,000 

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