Jordan Will Deport Some Rioting Syrian Refugees

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 04:06 PM

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's prime minister says Syrian refugees responsible for violence in camp near the border will be deported.

Fayez Tarawneh did not say on Wednesday how many refugees will be expelled. But a security official says there are 150 Syrian refugees in police custody, including an unspecified number of rioters and others who want to return home.

About 200 refugees went on a rampage at Zaatari Camp late Tuesday in protest against conditions there. Police said 28 officers were wounded, one of them with a fractured skull.

The desert tent camp houses 21,000 refugees who complain of constant dust storms, snakes, and scorpions.

Jordan now hosts 180,000 Syrian refugees. Nearly 4,600 crossed the border in the past 24 hours as fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad escalates.

Jordan is racing to open a second refugee camp to handle the influx.

On Tuesday, dozens of protesters outside the U.N. refugee agency in Amman demanded the closure of the Zaatari tent camp due to its harsh desert conditions.

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