Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Syria and Russia break ceasefire, sending 50,000 civilians running toward Jordanian border

Unfortunately, that border remains sealed.

JUN 26, 2018, 2:13 PM

Nearly 50,000 people have been displaced since the Syrian government and its Russian allies escalated an offensive in the southern province of Deraa last week, prompting concerns at the United Nations over where these displaced civilians have to run.

Airstrikes, mortar shells, and barrel bombs have pounded the area, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The goal of the campaign seems to be regaining control of the town as well as the border with Jordan.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is worried that those fleeing the assault and moving closer to the border with Jordan will have nowhere to go. Jordan has sealed its border, insisting it will take no more Syrians as it is already hosting 660,000 Syrian refugees, as well as more than one million additional unregistered displaced civilians fleeing the neighboring civil war.

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