Breaking News Bar
updated: 3/13/2013 10:10 AM

UN, Jordan to tackle crime in Syrian refugee camp

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan -- The U.N. refugee chief says his agency is working with Jordan to bolster security at a camp for Syrian refugees where reports of drug trafficking, prostitution and other crimes have emerged.

Antonio Guterres says the Zaatari camp near the Jordanian-Syrian border now is de facto Jordan's fourth-largest city, with a "complex" environment.

He told reporters in Amman on Wednesday that security will be "very strongly increased" and special measures will be undertaken to stop criminal activities.

Guterres spoke after meeting Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to discuss mechanisms to ensure that the rule of law is carried out in the camp. He provided no details.

The two also discussed contingency planning for an expected spike in refugee numbers. Jordan currently hosts 450,000 Syrian refugees.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.