UN to establish new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan

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Located in a windswept desert, the new Za’atri camp in northern Jordan can eventually host up to 113,000 Syrian refugees. © UNHCR/A.McDonnell

The United Nations has released $9.8 million to support the establishment of a new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The new camp will be set up in Azraq town which is situated about 100 kilometers east of the Jordanian capital, Amman.

The camp will accommodate up to 110,000 refugees by the end of the year, and is expected to take pressure off the Za`atari camp, which has reached full capacity with over 100,000 refugees.

The funds will be channeled through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF), to assist the first 50,000 vulnerable refugees in need of lifesaving shelter and non-food items as well as water, sanitation and hygiene services in the new camp.

The Jordanian Government estimates that more 500,000 Syrian refugees have sought refuge in the country since March 2011.

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan, Andrew Harper, says the funding will enable UN agencies to better meet the needs of refugees fleeing the increasingly desperate situation in Syria.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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