The Jordanian government said, Thursday, said that the country needs $850 million in additional international aid if the country’s Syrian refugee community surpasses one million people, as forecast by United Nations agencies, according to the Jordan Times. The newspaper cited a media statement by Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani, who said, “We are very grateful to our friends and supporters who have provided support to help us face the Syrian refugee crisis, but the fact is that as the crisis is growing so are our needs.”
Jordan has opened its borders to more than 580,000 Syrian refugees since the conflict began in 2011, according to recent estimates. Officials in Amman said the influx of more than 78,000 Syrian students into public schools alone is projected to cost the country more $200 million. Heavy shelling, early Thursday continued to strand thousands of displaced Syrians along the Jordanian-Syrian border, preventing about 1,000 civilians from crossing into the Hashemite Kingdom. The Jordan Armed Forces reported the entry of 200 Syrians early Thursday, well below a previous influx which once stood at some 2,500 new arrivals per day.