Publisher: the Jordan Times
Author: By Laila Azzeh
Story date: 16/11/2011
Amman -The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is prepared to receive larger numbers of Syrians who wish to seek refuge in the Kingdom, according to UNHCR Deputy Representative in Jordan Arafat Jamal.
Although the agency is already providing frequent assistance to about 1,000 Syrian citizens residing in Jordan, the UNHCR has made the necessary preparations to accommodate the arrival of more Syrians.
"The expected rise in violence in Syria calls for additional preparations to receive more Syrian arrivals," Jamal told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday, noting that in case of a greater influx, the agency will resort to tents and other supplies stored in its warehouses in Zarqa.
The deputy representative noted that Jordan has been very hospitable towards refugees since the start of the crisis in Syria and that recent statements made by His Majesty King Abdallah reaffirmed this existing policy. He highlighted that no appeals have been issued so far for donor countries to provide financial assistance.
The agency provides several types of assistance such as emergency assistance including food and basic items like mattresses, as well as financial assistance to very vulnerable people.
In a previous interview with the Jordan Times, Jamal said there are two groups of Syrians who came to Jordan in pursuit of safety: those who crossed the border with legal documents and those who entered illegally and were received by the Jordanian authorities.
He stressed that the agency offers assistance to both groups with no discrimination.
The UNHCR has no exact figures on how many Syrians have come to Jordan since the violence there started earlier this year.
Source: Jordan Times website, Amman, in English 16 Nov 11
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