New camp to accommodate 130,000 Syrian refugees

تم نشره في Mon 28 April / Apr 2014. 06:22 PM


MAFRAQ - UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Jordan will open a new camp, sprawled over 15 square kilometres, for Syrian refugees that will eventually be able to accommodate up to 130,000 people.

According to the UNHCR spokesperson in Jordan Ali Bibi, the camp, which will be officially opened next Wednesday, is located some 100km east of Amman near the Zarqa Governorate.

Opened under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh, the camp is part of the international effort in support of the government of Jordan.

The third refugee camp is designed to shoulder some of the pressure off the country’s main Zaatari camp and host Syrian communities as the number of refugees crossing into the country is increasing every day, UN and local officials said.

The UN has completed constructing the first phase of around 5,000 units that can accommodate around 15,000 refugees, Bibi added.

The new camp will provide refugees with basic services, including roads, infrastructure, shelter, water system and schools, a hospital and other basic services, he said. (Petra)