Excerpts: Jordan's rising Syrian refugee influx. Cairo "truce efforts"
November 16, 2012
+++SOURCE: Jordan Times 16 Nov,’12:”Jordan prepares for third Syrian camp
amid rising refugee influx”, by Taylor Luck
SUBJECT: Jordan’s rising Syrian refugee influx
QUOTE:”(Syrian) refugee influx that has reached 1,000 persons per day”
FULL TEXT:AMMAN — Authorities are preparing the Kingdom’s third Syrian
refugee camp, amid a refugee influx that has reached 1,000 persons per day,
relief officials said Thursday.
The new camp will be located near the border city of Ramtha, some 90
kilometres north of the capital, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
The camp, to be funded by Saudi Arabia, is slated to be established near the
Jordan University of Science and Technology and house up to 18,000 Syrians,
Anmar Hmoud, the government spokesperson for Syrian refugee affairs, said in
a press statement.
Jordan is currently racing to put the finishing touches on the second camp
in the Mreijeb Al Fhoud region, some 22km east of Zarqa, as its main Syrian
camp in Zaatari near Mafraq, 80km northeast of Amman, rapidly approaches its
maximum capacity of 60,000.
Officials aim to open the second camp, which is set to house up to 10,000
Syrians, by early next month.
The preparations come amid a fresh exodus of Syrians into Jordan, with the
UNHCR reporting the crossing of some 1,000 refugees early Thursday(15 Nov].
Syrians continue to flee to Jordan despite intensified fighting between
rebel and regime forces in southern Syria, which according to security
sources, has led to a rise in injuries among refugees crossing the border.
Syrian opposition activists accuse Damascus of conducting an air campaign
against refugees in the border region, charging that regime forces bombard
groups of civilians attempting to flee to Jordan.
"The regime is bombing every building that could possibly be used as
shelter,” said Abu Mohammed, a Syrian activist affiliated with the Local
Coordination Committees. "Right now anyone coming near the border is a
sitting target,” he added.
Rebel forces vowed to continue to facilitate “mass crossings” into Jordan,
reporting the presence of several thousand internally displaced Syrians
across southern Syria waiting to enter the Kingdom.
Intensifying clashes between forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President
Bashar Assad and rebels have led many Syrians to flee their homes, with the
Syrian Arab Red Crescent estimating that at least 2.5 million people have
been internally displaced by the 20-month conflict, Agence France-Presse
The UN estimates that the number of Syrian refugees registered in
neighbouring countries will likely rise from over 400,000 now to more than
700,000 by early 2013.
Thousands of Syrians cross to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq each day to
flee violence which has left more than 37,000 people dead since the violence
began in March 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Jordan follows an open-border policy, having granted refuge to over 235,000
Syrians since the onset of the crisis in March 2011
+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon) 16 Nov.’12:”Egypt P.M. Says Cairo to Intensify
Truce Efforts t Halt Israeli Aggression”,Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Cairo ‘truce efforts’
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil vowed Friday[16 Nov.] to intensify
Cairo's efforts to secure a truce and end Israel's "aggression" in the Gaza
Strip [IMRA: “aggression” in response to hundreds of rockets]
"Egypt will not hesitate to intensify its efforts and make sacrifices to
stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce," he said at a press
conference in Gaza City's Shifa hospital after seeing some victims from the
latest Israeli strike.
Qandil crossed into Gaza before midday through the only border post with
Egypt, heavily guarded by Egyptian security personnel wearing flak jackets
and carrying assault rifles.
He was greeted by Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniya , who ventured
out in public for the first time since Israel launched the offensive
Wednesday[14 Nov.] by assassinating the militant group's military commander.
Egypt said Qandil's three-hour visit Friday[16 Nov.] was meant as a show of
solidarity with the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers
Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA