More than 90,000 Syrians leave Jordan for home

More than 90,000 Syrians leave Jordan for home
Mon Sep 23, 2013 09:52:21

More than 90,000 of Syrian refugees, who had fled the bloody insurgency in their country, have voluntarily returned to Syria, director of the Syrian refugee camps administration has said.

Wadah Hmoud said on Sunday that 91,297 refugees returned to Syria after filling required applications.

He said that 168 Syrian refugees left Jordan voluntarily over the past 24 hours while 950 others crossed the border fence and entered the Kingdom.

Hmoud added the total number of Syrian refugees in all the governorates across Jordan has reached 543,029 with the number of those in the camps now standing at 127,859.

Return of the refugees comes as the Syrian army has been making steady progress in returning security to many areas across the country, especially in south and western parts.

However, the condition is still highly dangerous in militant-held areas, especially in Aleppo and some parts of the Rif Dimashq governorate which has been extremely volatile with militants trying to enter capital.

Lack of enough support for the refugees was also another reason for Syrian refugees to prefer possible dangers of more conflicts rather than staying inside the refugee camps.

People have been suffering from illnesses and absence of medical care and even shelter in many refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, while they never received pledged support from those countries that also back the ongoing war until the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is toppled down.

Since eruption of conflicts in Syria and rise of number of homeless and refugees, Arab countries pledged to send human aid packages to Syrians in several meetings and conferences, but World Health Organization and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are warning that enough aid has not been received.

UNHCR has asked the international community for nearly $3 billion to support Syrian refugees throughout the Middle East. The Jordanian government has separately asked for an extra $380 million, according to UNHCR statistics.

Paul Stromberg, head of UNHCR operations in Jordan said the body could easily use another $50 million to $75 million just to deal with the refugees living in Jordan outside the camps.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.


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