Syrians refuse attempted relocation along Jordan border


AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan are refusing to move five kilometers (3.1 miles) west to a soon-to-be opened aid distribution center.

Videos sent to the Associated Press on Saturday showed a protest against any relocation from the al-Ruqban camp.

Aid officials speaking on condition of anonymity said the new site was built to draw refugees away from a nearby Jordanian military base, and that the U.N. and Jordan will agree next week to start remote delivery of food, water and basic medical care.

Conditions at al-Ruqban have worsened since Jordan sealed the border 10 weeks ago after an Islamic State-claimed car-bomb attack killed seven soldiers nearby.

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