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New buffer zone planned for stranded Syrian refugees


10-11-2016 20:16 BJT

Tens of thousands of Syrians who fled the war are stranded in a desert between their country and Jordan. They have limited access to food and water. Aid agencies are now scrambling to come up with a solution.

Seventy five thousand Syrian refugees stuck in no man’s land for more than two years.
They can’t go back to Syria. Jordan won’t let them in.

Without adequate food, water or medical supplies, they are suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and disease.

In August, aid agencies using cranes delivered a one-month’s supply of food, water and hygiene kits

"We had a very limited time frame. Those people were cut off assistance - all kinds of humanitarian assistance - since the tragic border attack on the twenty-first of June. So they were basically surviving on almost nothing for the past two months," said Shada Moghraby, spokesperson of World Food Program.

Jordan sealed the border in June after a suicide bomber among the refugees killed seven Jordanian security personnel. The international community has been scrambling since to find ways to get supplies to the isolated Syrians.

That may be due to a reported provisional agreement between the UN and Jordan calling for a buffer zone.

Points of that agreement include a new aid distribution point closer to Syria patrolled by Jordanian trained Syrians, fencing erected to contain movement and thirty nine million dollars in humanitarian aid to Jordan.

As part of the deal: Jordan will not allow any new refugees into the country.
If the plan succeeds, it will mean much-needed supplies reach the tens of thousands, stuck in open desert, before harsh winter weather sets in.

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