Syrian Conflict: Jordan to "take measures" to protect itself
Jordan will “take measures” to protect its interests if the Syrian refugee crisis is not resolved, King Abdullah II said on Sunday in a speech to parliament.
The monarch said that the influx of Syrian refugees is draining Jordan’s resources and called for international assistance to deal with the problem.
“Jordan currently hosts around 600,000 Syrian refugees -- an issue that depletes our already limited resources and puts enormous pressure on our infrastructure,” the king said.
“If the international community does not move quickly to help us shoulder the burdens of the Syrian crisis... Jordan is able to take measures to protect the interests of our people and country,” he added without elaborating.
King Abdullah II also said that since the start of the Syrian conflict, Jordan has been supporting a political solution that would preserve the war-hit country's unity and territorial integrity, as well security in the region.
The U.N. refugee agency says there are 541,025 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, including more than 100,000 in the northern desert Zaatari camp near the border, according to Agence France-Presse.
Jordan has repeatedly called for more international aid and says that the growing refugee influx has placed a huge burden on its water and power supplies as well as housing and education.
On Thursday, Amnesty International urged world support to help Jordan and other countries hosting Syrian refugees end border restrictions on those fleeing the conflict, AFP reported.