FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 file photo, newly arrived Syrian refugees wait for their turn to receive a mattress, blankets and other supplies, and to be assigned to tents, at the Zaatari Syrian refugees camp in Mafraq, near the Syrian border with Jordan. Jordan has set up a security cordon around a sprawling Syrian refugee camp in the country's north in an effort to curb rising crime and lawlessness among its residents, a Jordanian official said Wednesday.

Mohammad Hannon, Associated Press - Ap

UN: 1.2 million Syria refugees in Jordan this year

  • Associated Press
  • April 5, 2013 - 8:29 PM

GENEVA - The United Nations is predicting that the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring Jordan will more than double to 1.2 million by the end of this year.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said Friday that the U.N. agency for children urgently needs new funding to continue coping with the influx of refugees. Mercado said: "The needs are rising exponentially, and we are broke."

The number of Syrian refugees in Jordan is approaching half a million. Jordan has a population of 6 million.

The total number of Syrians who have fled their country and are seeking assistance hit 1 million a month ago. The U.N. says the pace of refugees fleeing has accelerated dramatically in recent months.

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