Second camp for Syrian refugees opens in Jordan

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Posted: Apr 10, 2013 7:13 AM

MRAJEEB AL-FHOOD, Jordan (AP) — A second camp for Syrian refugees has opened in Jordan as more Syrians flee the civil war at home.

The kingdom has sheltered nearly half a million Syrians and has struggled with the influx. Officials fear the refugee numbers could double in the next six months with an escalation in the fighting as the weather becomes warmer.

The camp in Mrajeeb al-Fhood opened its doors on Wednesday and welcomed an initial group of 110 Syrians.

It's funded by the United Arab Emirates and run by its Red Crescent Society. It is located about 37 kilometers (23 miles) from the border with Syria.

Majed Sultan bin Sulieman, the society's relief director at the camp, says it will initially host 5,000 but can be expanded to about 25,000 residents.