UN says deportations of Syrians from Jordan have dropped

UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi visits with Syrian refugees during a visit to the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp, in Mafraq. (AP)
Updated 12 February 2018
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UN says deportations of Syrians from Jordan have dropped

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan: The head of the UN refugee agency says the number of Syrian refugees being deported from Jordan to their war-ravaged homeland has “decreased dramatically” in recent months, in part because of his agency’s appeal for more careful reviews of cases.
Jordan is believed to have deported several thousand refugees since last year, mostly on security grounds. Rights groups say deportations often take place quickly, without a thorough investigation.
Refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi also told reporters during a tour of the Zaatari refugee camp Monday that only “a very small number” of about 15,000 Syrians left Jordan for Syria since 2016. He says “people don’t feel secure.”
Grandi called on the United States and other developed nations to reverse course and accept more of the most vulnerable Syrians for resettlement.


Jordan court charges 5 with ‘terrorism’ after deadly raid

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Jordan court charges 5 with ‘terrorism’ after deadly raid

  • The court’s prosecutor accused the five detainees of "carrying out acts of terrorism"
  • Interior Minister Samir Mubaideen said Monday that the militants supported the Daesh group

AMMAN: Five suspected militants arrested during a deadly raid in a town northwest of Amman were charged with terrorism offenses in Jordan’s state security court Wednesday.
Three alleged militants were killed and five others detained on Saturday when security forces raided a building in the town of Salt.
The operation, which also left four members of Jordan’s security forces dead, was linked to a bomb blast Friday that killed a policeman and wounded six others at a music festival in a nearby town.
The court’s prosecutor accused the five detainees of “carrying out acts of terrorism that led to the death of a person and the demolition of a building” and “conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts.”
It also charged them with the “possession and manufacturing of explosives for use in illegal activities” and the “possession of weapons and ammunition for use in illegal activities.”
Under the 2006 Prevention of Terrorism Act, the charges are punishable by hanging.
Interior Minister Samir Mubaideen said Monday that the militants supported the Daesh group and “followed its takfiri (Sunni Muslim extremist) ideology.”
The militants were holed up in an apartment in a four-story residential block in Salt. They blew up the apartment as security forces encircled them and exchanged heavy fire.
Medical sources said 10 people were wounded in the raid, including members of the security forces and residents of the building used as a hideout.
Jordan, a small desert kingdom, has been the target of several militant attacks. A shooting rampage in 2016 claimed by IS killed 10 people including a Canadian tourist in Karak, known for its Crusader castle.
A close ally of Washington, Jordan has played a key role in the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in neighboring Syria and Iraq, using its air force against the militants and allowing coalition forces to use its bases.