Jordan says it won’t take in any more Syrian refugees

Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced Tuesday that the kingdom will not receive new refugees from Syria under any circumstances.

Razzaz made the remarks to the press following a meeting on Tuesday with Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh.

He said Jordan has already received a large number of Syrian refugees and exceeded its capabilities.

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Razzaz added that the Jordanian borders are firmly protected by the armed forces.

“We are keen on a political solution to the crisis in Syria and we are concerned with our brotherly Syrian people and we exert our utmost efforts to reach a political solution,” he said.

Razzaz’s remarks came a few hours after the UN said around 45,000 Syrian civilians left their homes in southern Syria and headed to the Jordanian borders amid Assad regime airstrikes and barrel bombs targeting rebel-held parts of the region.

On Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned the cease-fire violations on the southern Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan.

Currently, Jordan is home to 1.3 million Syrian refugees, according to official figures.