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U.N. Refugee Chief 'Understands' Jordan Security Fears

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Monday he fully understands the security concerns which have led Jordan to limit the flow of refugees entering the country from war-torn Syria.

"We have full appreciation and understanding for Jordan's security concerns," the UNHCR chief said on a visit to Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Amman.

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Syrians Fleeing War Take Chances at Remote Jordan Crossing

Abdelhadi Zarara, six children in tow, juggles with his emotions as he crosses into Jordan, as thousands of other Syrian refugees wait in no-man's land hoping their turn will come.

Zarara, 39, says "there was nothing left for me in Syria," where his wife was killed a few months ago in a regime bombardment that also destroyed the family home in southern Daraa province.

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IS-Linked Jihadists Claim Attack on Sinai Pipeline to Jordan

The Egyptian branch of the jihadist Islamic State group on Thursday said it had bombed a pipeline that carries gas to Jordan and to a major industrial zone in north Sinai.

Security sources confirmed that attackers set off explosive devices under the pipeline close to Al-Midan village in the north of the peninsula. They said the blasts did not cause any casualties.

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Two Jordan Police Killed in Shooting near Syria Border

Two Jordanian policemen have died after assailants opened fire on their vehicle while it was on patrol overnight near the Syrian border, authorities said Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, which took place in Jordan's northern Irbid governorate bordering war-torn Syria.

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Jordan Policeman Kills 2 U.S. Instructors, South African

A Jordanian policeman shot dead two U.S. instructors, a South African and a fellow Jordanian at a police academy Monday before being gunned down, officials and the U.S. embassy said.

Government spokesman Mohammed Momani said the shooter also wounded two American instructors, four Jordanians and a Lebanese citizen in the attack at the Jordanian International Police Training Center (JIPTC).

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U.N. Resumes Food Aid for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

The U.N. food agency said Tuesday it had resumed assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan, a month after suspending aid over a lack of funds.

"We stopped assistance in September because we did not have the money," said Jonathan Campbell, the World Food Program's emergency coordinator for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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Lebanon Remains a 'Priority' but World Response for Refugee Aid Remains Weak

The U.N. chief's Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, has lamented that the response of the international community to the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and other countries is weak.

In an interview with An Nahar daily published on Wednesday, Lazzarini said: “The response does not meet the needs.”

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Iraqi Asylum Seekers in Jordan Hesitant to Travel to Europe

Hanna Yussef dreams of following thousands of fellow Iraqi Christians to refuge in Europe, abandoning a precarious existence in Jordan, where he has lived since fleeing Islamist violence at home.

But he's staying put for now because he can't afford the money needed for the perilous crossing by sea and, equally as important, because he can't swim.

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Bassil Warns of Catastrophic Effects of Refugee Crisis

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil has said that the Syrian refugee crisis has had very harmful effects on Lebanon's security and economy.

“This crisis had catastrophic effects on security, development, the economy, the society and the environment,” Bassil said in a speech he gave at the Group of 77 and China meeting that was held in New York.

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EU Leaders Expected to Give more Funding to Lebanon

European Union leaders, who will gather for an emergency summit on the migration crisis on Wednesday, are expected to give extra funding to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and U.N. agencies.

The leaders are hoping that the funding would help stop the flow of refugees to Europe.

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