70,000 refugees stranded on Jordan border will finally receive aid under new deal

Published October 10th, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Syrian refugees at the Rukban camp, near the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
Syrian refugees at the Rukban camp, near the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)

Based on recent developments and upon further discussions with international agencies, Jordan will allow the delivery of aid to the berm through cranes, to be collected by the community leaders of the displaced Syrians near the border for distribution.

In remarks to The Jordan Times on Sunday, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Mohammad Momani said the distribution process will be monitored "in different ways".

Asked if the new measures entail any change to Jordan’s policy regarding the berm, the no-man's land between the Jordanian and Syrian borders where the displaced Syrians are stranded, Momani said Jordan will maintain its sealed border policy, and this delivery of aid will not affect that.

The injured and humanitarian cases will be allowed entry based on the assessment of agencies on the ground.

According to the UN, more than 85,000 Syrians are stranded at Rakban settlement in the no-man’s-land between Jordan and Syria.

Momani explained aid would be transported by cranes directly from the northeastern border to the other side. 

Community leaders in Rukban will receive the aid once lowered and distribute it to the refugees there.

Members of the Tribal Council of Palmyra and Badia, a Syrian rebel group in charge of running the Rukban camp’s daily affairs, told The Jordan Times that the preliminary agreement entails the resumption of aid delivery as of next week.

Jordan declared the northern and northeastern border areas a closed military zone in June in the aftermath of a terrorist attack that targeted a military post serving refugees near the border, killing seven troops and injuring 13 others.

Since then, Jordan has agreed with international relief agencies to allow a one-off aid delivery to the area in August, while global stakeholders were expected to seek alternative solutions to continue the mission.

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