October 24th, 2012
04:44 AM ET

Jordan pleads for help with 200,000 Syrian refugees

The hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled across borders can sleep without fear of another attack. But they're also causing serious strains on their host countries, such as Jordan.

Providing healthcare to "the Syrian brothers" has drained resources and put enormous pressure on Jordanian hospitals and clinics, Minister of Health Abdullatif Wreikat said, according to Jordan's official Petra news agency.

He said Jordan, Syria's southern neighbor, now has more than 200,000 refugees and needs more aid.

Wreikat said the kingdom has made significant strides in fighting contagious diseases, but fears a decline "as some diseases had spread among the Syrian refugees," Petra reported.

The Health Ministry has provided 50,000 doses of vaccines against diseases to Syrian children at the Zaatari refugee camp, in addition other health services, a ministry official said, according to Petra.

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  1. ma & pa

    This article was posted at 4:44am and we find no responses to it yet this afternoon. Maybe noone knows what to think of this mindboggling SITUATION where a 'Good-Samarian' nation is sheltering and providing for terrorized humans who have fled there to save their lives. WHO has an idea to HELP Jordan, and/or nonpolitical humanitarian relief agencies with Jordan's permission, cover the cost of careing for these refugees from terror?

    October 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    I have 2 spare rooms but thats about it for me. Wouldnt matter the way imigration is in the US.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |