Plight of stranded Syr­i­ans wors­ens as food blocked

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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)

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