New camp opens in Jordan for refugees fleeing Syria civil war

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A new camp for refugees escaping a civil war in Syria has officially opened in Jordan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed on Wednesday.

Camp Azraq, which will be run by Jordanian authorities with the support of UNHCR, will help relieve pressure on the Za'atri camp, located some 80 kilometres to the north-west.

With around 100,000 residents, Za'atri is one of the world's largest refugee camps and is running out of space, the agency says.

Ali Bibi, UNHCR spokesperson in Jordan has more.

"The overall size of Azraq is almost 3 or 4 times larger than Za-tri camp. So the capabilities provided to make sure the infrastructure in place, whether it was water, electricity, shelters… it took a good year one year of planning with the Government and other UN agencies and partners."  (24″)

The aim is to increase support to the Azraq camp, says Bibi, but it will depend on the contributions from the international community.

Only 20 per cent of the Syrian refugees are living in the camps while 80 per cent of the total registered 600,000 refugees are located in different cities and towns in Jordan.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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