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Jordan allows short stay of 800 Syrians until resettled in three Western countries

By JT - Jul 21,2018 - Last updated at Jul 21,2018

AMMAN — Jordan has given permission to the UN to administer the passage of around 800 Syrians through the Kingdom to be resettled in the UK, Germany and Canada.

The permission has been granted after Britain, Germany and Canada submitted abiding written pledges to resettle the 800 Syrians due to risks to their lives, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mohammad Kayed was quoted in the statement as saying that the UN's request had been approved for "humanitarian reasons".

These Syrians, who used to work in civil defence in rebel-held regions, have fled their war-torn country following attacks by the Syrian government's forces, the statement said.

Kayed added that these Syrians will stay in a closed area in Jordan for a period of time not exceeding three months until resettled in the three Western countries as London, Berlin and Ottawa pledged.

He also said that Jordan is hosting 1.3 million Syrians and "will continue carrying out its humanitarian duties towards them despite the resulting burdens".

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