Jordan opens second refugee camp for Syrians

23 April, 15:23

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, APRIL 23 - Jordan on Wednesday opened its second main camp for Syrian refugees in the eastern desert town of al Azraq with a capacity of up to 130,000 asylum seekers.

    The camp of Mehkheizen al Gharbia is constructed with donation of $10 million from Kuwait and western countries.

    Jordanian officials said the refugees centre will start receiving refugees directly after al Zaatari camp has been filled.

    The camp has been organized to facilitate living conditions of refugees in the desert camp after a series of protests among refugees in al Zaatari camp over poor living conditions. The camp will be provided with solar power energy resources as well as a hospital, play grounds and other entertainment centres.

    Officials from the government said the camp will be divided into 12 villages, with total capacity of 12,000 refugees in each village.

    The two schools have a capacity of up to 10000 refugees working in morning and afternoon shifts and a hospital with a capacity of 130 beds, according to camp manager Atef al Omoush.

    Authorities have also placed strict security measures to ensure stability and security in the cap, he added.

    The UN says Jordan has at least 530,000 Syrian refugees who arrived during the past three years, amid concern that continued violence would drive more refugees to the kingdom. (ANSAmed).

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