Amnesty International urges Jordan to end its restrictions on Syrian refugees
Syrian civilians evacuate the war-battered suburb of Damascus, Moadamiyet al-Sham, with the help of the Social Affairs Ministry, as fighting between pro-government troops and rebel fighters continues in districts of the capital. [AFP/Getty Images]
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Amnesty International urged on Thursday to help support Jordan to end its border restrioctions on Syrian refugees.
Syrian refugees fleeing the armed conflict to neighbouring countries, mainly Jordan, are facing difficulities combined with fighting and are being turned back to Syria, a new report by Amnesty International reveals.
"It is unacceptable that scores of people from Syria, including families with small children seeking refuge from the fighting, are being denied admission by neighbouring countries," Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa director, said in a statement.
"People fleeing Syria to Jordan and other countries in the region are being hampered by tightening border restrictions. Many of them have already lost everything. Amnesty International urges neighbouring countries to keep their borders open to all individuals fleeing the conflict in Syria. It is also calling on the international community to step up its efforts to help them do so."
Caritas Jordan’s executive director Dr Wael V Suleiman said: "Today, we are talking about 500,000 Iraqi refugees, 900,000 Egyptians and 1.3million Syrians and with limited medical services I think we are talking about a big problem for Jordan."
"Even if today we can manage the situation, I believe in the next three to four months it will be impossible to cover these medical services to the Syrian people." he continued.
Jordan has repeatedly called for more international aid. Saying the refugee influx has placed an enormous strain on the country.
The research by Amnesty International reveals that four main categories are being denied entery into Jordan, including Palestinian refugees from Syria, people lacking identity documents and Iraqi refugees in Syria.
Val Morgan, of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, said: ‘If there is not a concerted effort to provide for their health needs now, the long-term impact to these people and the healthcare service will be catastrophic.’