Mafraq, Sept 19 (Petra) A senior United Nations official Saturday spoke of the dire need for international support to Jordan to help in relief efforts for a growing number of Syrian refugees who had fled the conflict in their country.
Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency relief, said during a tour of the Zaatari refugee camp in the northern governorate of Mafraq, that Jordan is assuming a huge role towards the refugees, offering them assistance, services and protection since they set foot on its territory.
He said his tour of the camp, which houses over 130,000 refugees, is intended to see first-hand the enormous impact the refugees had on Jordan and the burdens it had undertaken despite limited resources.
"I'm here at the Zaatari camp to see these refugees, who were forced to leave their homes and homeland, the suffering they are living and the Jordanian hospitality as well as the services provided by humanitarian organisations operating in the camp", O'Brien said.
The humanitarian situation, he said, is in a desperate need for support, particularly regarding the issue of relief, stressing the ongoing UN efforts to provide services and care in various fields.
O'Brien also said that some of the refugees had the motivation to leave the Zaatari and seek refuge in Europe or other countries, while others would choose to stay or return home and are waiting for the right moment to do so.
Director of Syrian refugee affairs in Jordan Brig. Gen. Waddah Al-Hamoud said Jordan is offering services in Zaatari and other refugee camps as well as refugees outside the camps.
He said the Kingdom is host to about 1.4 million Syrians, including around 630,000 registered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).