Syria: Italy opens first field hospital on border in Jordan

Refugee camps for Syrian refugees planned by Jordan government

10 July, 15:29

(ANSAmed) - MAFRAQ, JORDAN, JULY 10 - Italy on Tuesday inaugurated Jordan's first field hospital near Jordan border with Syria to treat violence victims in the neighbouring country. The hospital, set up in the northern city of Mafraq, will be equipped with staff able to treat up to 200 cases, according to medical staff.

Italian ambassador to Jordan Francesco Fransoni said the mobile medical unit will be operated in association with Jordan royal medical services to treat injured Syrians.

"This is a help from Italy to Jordan to treat rising number of injured civilians. It is designed to help the Syrian people in association with the royal medical services," said Italian ambassador Fransoni.

Italian officials said the mobile unit will have the capacity to move across the border area in according with the need.

Local community and Syrian refugees living in nearby areas will also take advantage of the new service.

Jordan is home to the largest number of Syrian refugees, with Jordan prime minister Fayez Taraneh saying this week the kingdom has received a total of 130,000 over the past 16 months.

Jordan will also open refugee camps for Syrian refugees on its northern border to accommodate asylum seekers from the neighbouring country. The government met late Monday to discuss the issue and decided to hand responsibility of running the camp to the UN agency for refugees, UNHCR with the help of the Hashemite charity foundation.

Jordan said UNHCR will be funding the refugee programme in association with the international community.

The international organization for migration, IOM is also expected to take responsibility of Palestinian refugees seeking safe heaven from Syria violence. The government said the rising number of refugees in the past weeks prompted the decision, which is expected to be implemented before month end.

UNHCR officials said the camp will ease pressure on the local community and facilitate granting services to refugees including health care and education to children. (ANSAmed).

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