Fire erupts in Syrian Zaatari refugees camp in Jordan

Jordanian firefighters and Syrian refugees try to remove tents before they are damaged by a fire at the Al Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria March 8, 2013. (Reuters)

A fire erupted on Friday (March 8) in Jordan’s Zaatari camp where thousands of Syrians who escaped their country’s civil war are housed.

About 20 zinc barracks were destroyed.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, but one resident blamed theft.

“Some people stole an electrical line, causing a short circuit which enflamed a gas canister. So the zinc barracks burned, and the whole area caught on fire. Some people say that thugs did this, but it was an accident,” said Abu Jaser.

Zaatari is home to thousands of Syrians.

Jordanian officials say more than 400,000 Syrians have poured into the country since the start of the crisis two years ago.

No one was injured in the fire, but it caused anger among residents, who live under difficult conditions as the camp struggles with a growing number of refugees.

“Everyone who has honor is in Syria. Everyone in Jordan has no honor, ethics or religion, or even compassion. Let’s all go back to Syria. I’ll be the first in line,” said Um Nasser, frustrated at the situation.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says one million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries piling pressure on the country’s neighbors who are struggling to support them.


Last Update: Saturday, 09 March 2013 KSA 23:28 - GMT 20:28