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    Saudi Arabia on Monday delivered 1,500 trailers and 160 tents to house Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan's Mafraq district, the Jordanian Petra news agency said.

    MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti) - Saudi Arabia on Monday delivered 1,500 trailers and 160 tents to house Syrian refugees at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan's Mafraq district, the Jordanian Petra news agency said.

    The 1,500 caravans were the first batch of 2,500 caravans pledged by the Kingdom, Saad Muhanna Al Suweid, director of the Saudi National Campaign to Support Brothers in Syria, said.

    Saudi Arabia has pledged to donate 2,500 caravans and 2,000 tents for Syrian refugees in Jordan to improve their living conditions and provide them with shelters during the winter.

    Jordanian authorities say there are about 230,000 Syrians in the country, only 100,000 of whom have received official refugee status.

    According to the UN, the number of Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria now exceeds 408,000 and is expected to reach 700,000 by 2013.

    The Bashar al-Assad regime has been locked in a bloody conflict with anti-government rebel forces since March 2011. According to UN estimates, around 35,000 people have been killed since the violence began.

     

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