Jordan pledges to keep border open for Syrian refugees

Jordanian authorities have recently faced criticism for refusing entry for some of the refugees. (Reuters)

Jordan said on Friday it will keep its border open to Syrian refugees fleeing bloody repression in the homeland and urged increased global efforts to find a solution to the crisis, which claims dozens of lives on a daily basis.

But Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said security personnel at the border gates have the right to screen those entering country, regardless of their nationality.

Jordanian authorities have recently faced criticism for refusing entry for some of the refugees.

Jordan is worried that some of the refugees could be affiliated to Syrian national security forces, and would potentially destabilize the kingdom as is the case in neighboring Lebanon.

On Wednesday, Hundreds of Syrian refugees staged a demonstration in front of their embassy in Amman in condemnation of the massacre in Mazraat al-Qubeir which killed 78 people.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that the events in Mazraat al-Qubeir as unspeakable barbarity, while the White house continued to condemn the civilian killings and increase isolation of President Bashar al-Assad.

Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Jordan has received over 120,000 refugees, and the country is currently facing escalating challenges in catering to these refugees, such as providing medical care.
In the past weeks, Jordanian authorities said the continuous influx of refugees increases strain on the country’s resources, and funds for education, housing and water supply.

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