50 K Syrian Refugees Trapped at Syria-Jordan Border

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Alwaght – Tens of thousands of displaced Syrian Refugees, mostly children and women, are stranded on Syria’s border with Jordan the United Nations warned on Monday.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that an estimated 50,000 people are left high and dry at Syria’s southern border with Jordan, an increasingly unsafe area where air strikes were reported in the last few days.

UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that “some people are reportedly attempting to leave the area, risking further danger and deprivation in an inhospitable desert location”.

Those remaining in the area, known as the berm, face a scarcity of food and health care, Haq said. In one section, called Hadalat, an estimated 4,000 people are reportedly living solely on flour and water, he said.

“The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to take the necessary steps to prevent further harm to the frightened and highly vulnerable individuals stranded at the border,” he added.

ISIS terrorist group slew seven Jordanian troops in a bombing near Rukban last year, forcing the closure of the common border and triggering the Jordanian army to declare the country’s desert areas, which border Syria and Iraq, “closed military zones.”

The Syrian army recently advanced to the border with Jordan for the first time since 2011 — when foreign-backed militancy started in Syria — liberating a 30-kilometer-long stretch of land along the frontier. The operations have blocked the loopholes across the border, which would previously allow arms transfers from Jordan to Syria-based militants.

Jordan shares a desert border of more than 370 kilometers with Syria and says it is hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

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