The “buffer zone” plan for 70,000 stranded Syrian refugees

carolyn.simon@hrc.org October 7, 2016 0

Blocked from entering Jordan, some 70,000 Syrians are camped out near a border crossing known as Rukban, one of two locations where refugees and asylum seekers are marooned in a demilitarised zone a few kilometres wide on the Syria-Jordan border, demarcated by ridges of bulldozed earth known as berms. Syrians began arriving at this remote, wind-battered stretch of desert in July 2014, and with Jordan refusing the majority entry , as the settlement has grown it has also become home to a mix of smugglers and rebel groups, extremist militants, as well as Jordanian and allied foreign forces active in the area.

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The “buffer zone” plan for 70,000 stranded Syrian refugees

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