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Rain hits Jordan refugee camp
January 09, 2013
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AMMAN: Humanitarian workers, distributing aid to Syrian refugees, in northern Jordan after destructive rain were injured in a “stampede” on Tuesday, officials said.

“Refugees started to push each other as they ran towards the aid workers. They hurled stones at each other and there was a stampede, which hurt some aid workers,” Anmar Hmud, a government spokesman for refugee affairs, said.

“At least one of the aid workers was taken to hospital.”

Separately, officials said a fire at a camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey killed two children and injured four other people.

Lebanon too was battered heavy rain claiming more lives.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said a tent at the Suleyman Shah refugee camp, in Sanliurfa province, caught light and the fire spread to neighbouring tents.

A 5-year child died at the scene, while a 15-year-old died later in a hospital.

Dr Mohammed Ateq Al Falahi, UAE RCA Secretary General, stated that a convoy of 16 trucks carrying 158 tonnes of food materials and winter clothing and supplies left  by land for Jordan as part of its relief programme towards Syrian refugees.

The Jordan incident occurred as aid workers were helping some of the 62,000 Syrians sheltering in the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border, where hundreds of tents have been destroyed by two days of heavy rains.

“Bad weather and heavy rain in the past two days have affected 500 tents in Zaatari,” Ali Bibi, in charge of co-operation and international relations at UN refugee agency UNHCR, told reporters.

“We are now are working with the Jordanian government to move hundreds of refugees to caravans.”

There are 4,000 caravans and 4,500 tents at the six month old camp, which has seen several protests by refugees against poor living conditions, including a lack of electricity.

Jordan, which says it is hosting more than 290,000 Syrians, suffers bad weather in winter, including the torrential downpours seen in recent days.

Agence France-Presse

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