Jordan to launch humanitarian operation center to deal with influx of Syrian refugees

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) meets with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in Amman, Jordan, June 7, 2012. Jordan is planning to open a humanitarian operation center in the city of Mafraq near the border with Syria to deal with the influx of Syrian refugees, Judeh said Thursday. <Photo=Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh>

AMMAN, June 7 (Xinhua) — Jordan is planning to open a humanitarian operation center in the city of Mafraq near the border with Syria to deal with influx of Syrian refugees, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Thursday.

More than 120,000 Syrians entered Jordan since the unrest in their country in March 2011, Judeh said, adding that Jordan is facing challenges to meet the basic and urgent needs of the Syrians in Jordan.

Judeh made the remarks during a press conference along with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

The two sides underlined the need for intensified international efforts to help Jordan provide aids to the Syrians taking shelter in the country.

The UN official voiced appreciation for Jordan’s efforts in helping the Syrian refugees, calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. <Xinhua>

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