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Jordanian police injured in clashes with Syrian refugees

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Ten Jordanian officers were injured following clashes with at least 100 Syrian refugees Friday night, who were protesting against poor living conditions in the Zaatari camp north of Jordan.

A security source told AFP that two of the policemen were in serious condition as an outcome of Friday night clashes.

The desert camp, near Syrian border, is now a home to more than 160,000 Syrians who have escaped their country’s escalating violence.

In April, Jordan opened Mrigeb al-Fuhud camp, a second site for refugees after the United Nations said the number seeking shelter in the kingdom is expected to triple.

The 80 kilometers camp northeast of Amman has 750 caravans, a hospital and a school and can take up to 5,500 people.

Jordan says it is hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees and the United Nations High Commissioner expects the number to increase to 1.2 million by the end of 2013 – equivalent to a fifth of the kingdom’s population.

On April 15, Jordan said the impact of the war in Syria was a threat to its security and that Amman would seek the United Nations Security Council’s help in tackling the fallout.