1000 Syrian refugees in Jordan as Erdogan expects Assad downfall

Published September 26th, 2011 - 01:29 GMT

The deputy representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Arafat Jamal, said the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan reached some 1000. They are now residing in the areas of "Ramtha" and "Mufraq", close to the border with Syria.

Jamal told a Jordanian newspaper on "Monday" that the flow of the Syrians to Jordan began slowly last March, pointing out that some entered the border legally while others entered the kingdom illegally.

He added that UNHCR is working in cooperation with the Jordanian government, who has opened its borders to Syria. He mentioned that the residents of "Ramtha" and "Mufraq" take care of the refugees, despite their poverty. UNHCR has been providing assistance to these families with food, blankets and other supplies.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Syria "will be the next stop within the Arab Spring revolutions."  He expressed hope that the road is open to a change in Syria through reforms .

Erdogan said, in a statement made ​​before leaving New York Sunday to return to Ankara that "despite the warnings and the meetings on Syria, the peaceful people is still being killed in Syria," adding that President Bashar al-Assad "has not taken up to now the necessary steps to stop the killing. "



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