The UN said recently that more than 920,000 people had been displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest number recorded over the country’s seven-year campaign .
Israel and Jordan maintain perimeters shut
Israel has transferred four shipments of humanitarian aid to the displaced living in tent camps in four locations near the Golan Heights border, according to a statement by the Israel Defense Forces( IDF ).
It said it had delivered 300 tents, 13 tonnes of food, 15 tons of baby meat, three pallets of medical equipment and drug, and 30 tons of garment and footwear.
The army said thousands of Syrians were living in poor conditions in these camps, often absence access to sea, energy, new sources of food or other basic necessities. The number of Syrians living in the camps has been increasing in recent days, the army mentioned .
Saqer Al-Mohammad, 21, a displaced man from Nawa, in the Daraa region, spoke to CNN at the tent camp near the Golan Heights, saying he and others had been waiting there for a week.
“We fled because of the indiscriminate bombing that never stops. Every day there is a carnage in Nawa. The situation is so terrible. We have been here for a few weeks and we have learnt zero assistance. No sea , no meat — it’s a catastrophic situation.”
The IDF reiterated in its statement Friday that the two countries “cannot permit Syrians fleeing resentments to enter Israel, and will continue maintaining Israel’s security interests.”
“The IDF is closely monitoring the events transpiring in southern Syrian and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios, ” the statement said.
The UN’s humanitarian envoy to Syria, Jan Egeland, was called upon to Jordan to open its borders to those fleeing the violence.
“Movement is very difficult and humanitarian operations are paralyzed in too many areas. Of course our appeal be applicable to Jordan, one of the most generous recipients of refugees on world that they keep the border open for people fleeing south. There is no other place to go, ” Egeland told reporters Thursday at the UN in Geneva .
But Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi used to say the resource-poor realm had “reached its capacity.”
“For those who are trying to put pressure on Jordan, I would put to them the question — what have others dedicated compared to what Jordan has given? ” Safadi told reporters at the UN Thursday after satisfying the UN secretary-general.
“Jordan has birthed its own responsibility and — to be honest — has borne it mostly alone. We are grateful for the support of the international community, but the brunt of the responsibility was on us.”
The Syrian civil war has continued for more than seven years, with several international powers backing different forces-out in the conflict.
After losing swathes of territory to ISIS militants and opponent rebel groups, the Syrian government gained an upper hand in the conflict by reclaiming the city of Aleppo in December 2016 and later impounding several other strategic areas with the backing of Russia and its bomber jets.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he expected the Syria conflict to be “discussed comprehensively” at a July 16 summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki .
Trump had previously ordered US airstrikes on Syrian government targets following suspected chemical strikes in the two countries, widely blamed on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia supports Assad and the Syrian conflict has been a source of Russian-US tensions for years.
CNN reported this week that Trump created the relevant recommendations of pulling the US out of Syria during a session earlier this week with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House, according to two diplomatic sources familiar with the fulfill .
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