Car bomb kills 12 in Rukban camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border

Palmyra Monitor – AFP

 A car bomb blast killed at least 11 people at a camp for displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan on Saturday

The Britain-based group said the dead included a family of four, with the father, mother and two children killed in the blast on the outskirts of the Rukban camp

Another four of those killed were fighters from local tribes in eastern Syria that have battled the jihadist Islamic State group

The monitor said the toll could rise further because a number of the injured were in serious condition

Jordan’s official Petra news agency, citing a military source, also reported the blast at the isolated makeshift camp, which houses around 85,000 Syrians according to the United Nations

The source said 14 wounded people had been taken to a clinic in the border area for treatment, adding that no decision had been taken yet on whether they would be transported to Jordanian hospitals

The source said there were no Jordanian casualties

Jordan closed its border in June 2016, halting aid deliveries to the camp, after aa bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed seven Jordanian soldiers

Officials said at the time that the bomber had come from the camp and declared the border a closed military zone

The decision prompted shortages at the camp, with rights group Amnesty International in October decrying “hellish” conditions for those seeking refuge there

Aid has been delivered to the camp only twice since thee border was closed, most recently in November, when the UN supplied food, hygiene kits and winter clothing

The United Nations says there are more than 600,0000 refugees from Syria in Jordan, a figure Amman puts at 1.4 million

In August, King Abdullah II said his country was “doing its utmost to help refugees” from Syria

“However, we have reached our limits… This is an international crisis and an international responsibility, and the world has to do its part,” he said

More than four million Syrians have fled their country since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011, which has killed more than 310,000 people


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