Jordan seeks donors' support to aid Syrian refugees

cannot continue providing services to the Syrian refugees in the country without intensified assistance from the donor countries, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said Thursday. Jordan is making tremendous efforts to help the Syrian refugees both in and outside camps, Judeh said during a visit with his Bahraini counterpart, Khaled Ben Ahmad Al Khalifa, to the Zaatari camp that hosts more than 150,000 Syrian refugees, according to the state-run Petra news agency.

Judeh called on the international community and world organizations to honor their commitments to the Syrian refugees in Jordan, whose number is now over 480,000. "It is time that the international community realizes the burdens Jordan is shouldering in hosting Syrian refugees," said the Bahraini minister.

Jordan on Wednesday opened its second camp for Syrian refugees. The 250-dunums (250,000-square meters) camp, funded by the United Arab Emirates, has a total of 750 caravans, a water treatment plant, a school and a hospital, said Anmar Hmoud, Jordan 's government spokesperson for Syrian refugees' affairs. "The new camp seeks to reduce pressure on the Zaatari camp, which is home to around 150,000 Syrian refugees," he said, adding that the new camp could eventually host up to 30,000 refugees.

Philippines News agency