After fairplanet reported on the plight of refugees, including that of thousands of fleeing Syrians, there is now news of the opening of the first official refugee camp in Jordan, referred to as Za’atari camp. The site will be able to accommodate 3,000-5,000 refugees upon its opening, but is intended to provide for up to 113,000 in the long run. It is sponsored by the UN Refugee Agency.
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Liaison Officer Ali Bibi told the Jordan Times: “The agency on Friday dispatched trailers upon a request by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, loaded with logistic support including 3,000 tents, for the purpose of setting up the first phase of the camp, which will be ready to host between 3,000 and 5,000 refugees”.
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