Water trucks head to Syrians stranded on Jordan border

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 12:06 PM
Water trucks head to Syrians stranded on Jordan border

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A group of 32 trucks left for the Syrian-Jordanian border on Thursday to deliver water to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have been cut off from aid since earlier in the week, an international aid official said.

The shipment marked the first confirmed attempt to send water from Jordan to the stranded refugees since Jordan sealed the area in response to a deadly attack on its troops Tuesday, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

For months, refugees stuck on the border received food and water from Jordan-based international aid agencies. Some 64,000 Syrians live in two encampments awaiting admission to Jordan.

A resident of one of the desert camps, Ruqban, confirmed that water had been delivered later Thursday. He also spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals.

Cellphone photos from the camp showed scores of refugees waiting to fill up plastic containers with water. Syrian children held up signs giving thanks to Jordan's King Abdullah.

Refugees warned Wednesday that people had begun drinking dirty water. Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said that with the border sealed, aid groups will need to find alternatives to sending supplies from Jordan.

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Associated Press writer Dominique Soguel in Istanbul contributed to this report.