Over 1,000 Syrians enter Jordan in ‘refugee exodus’

by Taylor Luck | Mar 28,2012 | JORDAN TIMES

RAMTHA/AMMAN — Over 1,000 Syrians poured into Jordan on Wednesday, according to activists and security sources, in what marked the single largest influx of refugees from Syria since the beginning of the year-long crisis.

Over 1,000 Syrians fleeing a spike in violence in the cities of Homs and Hama crossed into Jordan illegally within a 12-hour period yesterday, according to the Kitab Al Sunna Society, one of several local NGOs that provide services to Syrian refugees.

“We have confirmed from several sources that over 1,000 Syrians were smuggled into Jordan today,” Ziyad Hammad, Kitab Al Sunna director, told The Jordan Times.

According to a security source who confirmed the influx, security forces transferred the families to the Bashabsheh compound in Ramtha, a guarded housing complex designated for illegal arrivals, where they are currently undergoing background checks.

Hussein, an activist with the so-called local coordination committees currently residing in Jordan, said the exodus of some 200 families was coordinated between rebel forces and Jordanian security services, an allegation security sources did not confirm.

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