Last Updated: Wed Aug 08, 2012 08:35 am (KSA) 05:35 am (GMT)

Saudi Arabia’s aid convoy for Syrian refugees arrives in Jordan

Jordan claims to be home to more than 150,000 Syrians, of which 36,000 are refugees registered with the U.N. refugee agency.  (Reuters)
Jordan claims to be home to more than 150,000 Syrians, of which 36,000 are refugees registered with the U.N. refugee agency. (Reuters)

A Saudi convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees arrived in Jordan on Tuesday, Secretary General of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) Ayman al-Mifleh told the state news agency Petra.

The agency reported that the aid was stored in JHCO warehouses in Mafraq, about 80 kilometers north of the capital Amman.

“The relief convoy is the first ordered by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz to assist Syrian refugees, adding that the convoy arrived at the Mudawara border crossing on Monday,” al-Mifleh told Petra.

Saudi Ambassador to Jordan Fahd Bin Abdul Mihsin al-Zaid told Petra “the convoy comes in implementation of directives of the Saudi King to assist Syrian brethren through the Saudi national campaign.”

He added that contacts have been made over the past two days with the JHCO and the Jordan Customs to facilitate the entry of the convoy into Jordan.

Jordan says it is home to more than 150,000 Syrians, 36,000 are refugees registered with the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Faced with criticism over the condition of refugees in its territory, Jordan has said it would rush up to improve their standards.

“We will have mobile, ready-made, buildings that will replace these tents because of the dust and the wind. We want to provide every comfort possible and every service that is needed, to the Syrian refugees,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has said.

Britain and the United States have promised millions of dollars to help Syrian refugees fleeing President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown.

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