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Jordan Closes Border Area With Syria to Limit Refugee Influx

  • Some 75,000 Syrian refugees are already stranded along border
  • PM Mulki says will still grant access in humanitarian cases
Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern Jordan.

Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern Jordan.

Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Jordan closed its border area with Syria to all but the military as it seeks to limit the influx of Syrian refugees.

The country “cannot tolerate the burden of any additional Syrian refugees anymore, and will not allow the entry of refugees except in humanitarian cases,” Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency cited Prime Minister Hani Mulki as saying on Wednesday. About 75,000 refugees are stranded in a no man’s land between Jordan and Syria, Amnesty International said last month.