UN agencies raise deep concern for the safety and security of thousands of vulnerable Syrians near Jordan’s North Eastern border

AMMAN, Jordan, 13 August - UN agencies are deeply concerned about the security and protection of an estimated 4,000 Syrians at Hadalat and 45,000 Syrians at Rukban – mainly women and children - who remain stranded at Syria’s southern border with Jordan. Airstrikes have been reported in the area in the last few days, causing serious distress and panic amongst the population fearing for their lives with the heightened risk of escalated hostilities.

Although no casualties or injuries have been reported, the area is increasingly unsafe. The deterioration in the situation is forcing some to attempt to leave the area, risking further danger and deprivation in an inhospitable desert location, unsure of where to go in search of safety. The most vulnerable, the majority being children and women, are trapped, and with no political solution in sight, are unable to return to their homes.

The situation is worsened by the scarcity of services available in the area, especially food and healthcare. The supply route to the berm area for food and other basic commodities from inside Syria has become increasingly constrained in recent weeks.  Hadalat has now been completely cut and the community members report that some families are surviving solely on flour and water.

The UN is ready to continue supporting the exemplary efforts made by the Jordanian authorities, despite limited resources, for the protection of the affected Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes. UN agencies in Jordan are ready to immediately provide protection and additional life-saving assistance as needed.

The UN agencies in Jordan strongly advocate for a resolution to their plight and call on all parties involved in the conflict to take the necessary steps to prevent further harm to the frightened and highly vulnerable individuals stranded at the border.  

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