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Jordan opens first Syrian refugee camp

(Xinhua)

10:16, July 30, 2012

AMMAN, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Jordan on Sunday opened its first camp for Syrian refugees, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

The Zaatari camp, a tented facility located in the northern governorate of Mafraq, can host about 9,000 Syrian refugees in the first phase, the report said, citing Minister of Interior Ghaleb Zu'bi.

"We created this camp in light of the current regional conditions and out of our humanitarian support to those who resort to us," said Zu'bi.

The minister added that the first batch of 500 Syrian refugees moved to the camp Sunday evening.

Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh said that more than 140,000 Syrians fled to Jordan since early 2011 when mass protests against the Syrian government erupted.

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