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Syrian refugee camp demo dispersed in Jordan

AFP, Wednesday 28 Nov 2012
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Riot police dispersed a demonstration by Syrian refugees at a camp in northern Jordan on Wednesday protesting over living conditions, a government spokesman said.

Anmar al-Hammud, in charge of the refugee issue for the Jordanian government, said the protest took place in Zaatari camp after power was cut to the camp which houses 42,000 refugees. No casualties were reported.

The camp near the Syrian border has been the scene of several such demonstrations since it was opened in July.

Jordan says it has taken in 240,000 Syrian refugees, of whom 125,000 have registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) since the Syrian conflict broke out in March 2011.

To ease the pressure on Zaatari and with hundreds more refugees crossing each day to escape the bloodshed in Syria, Amman has announced a new camp will be opened by the end of the year.

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