Plight of stranded Syrians worsens as food blocked
AMMAN REUTERS OCT
11-Thousands of Syrians stranded on Jordan’s border with Syria are running out of food as routes leading to their camp are closed by the Syrian army and Jordan is blocking aid deliveries, relief workers and refugees said on Thursday.
The Syrian army has tightened its siege of the camp, in Rukban, near the border with Syria and Iraq, preventing smugglers and traders from delivering food to its 50,000 inhabitants, mostly women and children.
“More than a week ago the Syrian regime cut all the routes of supplies towards the camp, Abu Abdullah, the head of the civil affairs council that runs the camp, told Reuters.
U.N. aid agencies have been pressing Jordan to let in urgent deliveries to stave off more deaths, aid workers and diplomatic sources said.
However, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said recently that his country, already burdened with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, could not be made responsible for delivering aid to the camp.
Syrian refugees wait to board a Jordanian army vehicle (Reuters)