Jordan to delay opening of new Syrian refugees camp till early 2013
Publisher: Xinhua News Agency
Story date: 09/12/2012
Language: English

AMMAN, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) – Jordan's second camp for Syrian refugees will be opened early 2013 after prevailing weather conditions delayed the opening of the camp before the end of this year, the state-run Petra news agency reported Sunday.

Lack of financial allocations and donations also slowed down the preparation for the new camp, which will be located in Zarqa city to the north of Amman, Anmar Hmoud, government's spokesman for Syrian refugees affairs, said Sunday.

The camp, which will initially host about 5,500 refugees, will reduce pressure on the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees that is home to more than 48,000 refugees, he said.

Over 250,000 Syrians have fled their country into Jordan since the start of the unrest in Syria early 2011.

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