Jordan calls for international help with Syrian refugees

August 28, 2012 18:08

AMMAN - Jordan called on Tuesday for international help with a sudden influx of refugees fleeing escalating violence in southern Syria.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said the pace of Syrian refugees reaching Za'atri camp in northern Jordan had doubled, with 10,200 arriving in the last week, heralding what could be a bigger movement.

"This crisis is beyond the resources that are being extended by us or the efforts of the UNHCR or other humanitarian bodies," said Jordan's Minister of State for Information Samih Maaytah.

"It needs an international program and response," the cabinet minister told Reuters.

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