Jordan has announced that it will permit humanitarian aid deliveries to tens of thousands of refugees stuck on the country's border with Syria, which has been closed since a deadly attack on soldiers in June.
Since a major offensive by the Assad regime in southwestern Syria, thousands more Syrians are attempting to escape the disaster zones – but neighboring Jordan and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have shut their borders.
Jordan's government has closed its border to refugees fleeing the war in southern Syria, instead launching a national aid drive to help those trapped. The policy has drawn harsh criticism on social media.
One of the last rebel-held areas has come under sustained attack from Syrian air and ground forces. Scores of displaced want to escape into Jordan, which has closed its borders; the UN warns the numbers are rising fast.
The Russian government has announced that Syrian refugees could soon return to their homeland. However, the country is still torn by conflict and many of those who fled fear reprisals from the regime of Bashar Assad.
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