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‘Border road to be ready by February to transport Syrian refugees’

By Petra - Jan 23,2014 - Last updated at Jan 23,2014

AMMAN — Work on renovating a 25km road in the border region near Ruweished will be complete by the end of February, Public Works Minister Sami Halaseh said on Thursday.

He added that 80 per cent of the road is ready.

Work on the road, which costs JD11.4 million, is supported by the UNHCR.

During a visit to the border guard forces, Halaseh — who was accompanied by UNHCR Representative to Jordan Andrew Harper — said the road will facilitate the transportation of Syrians from border crossings to refugee camps in the Kingdom.

The minister also checked on the Azraq camp, which is nearly ready to receive refugees.

It can serve up to 55,000 refugees in the initial phase, but can accommodate a total of 130,000, Halaseh said.

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