Jordan opens new camp for Syrian refugees

Last updated at 12:18
New refugee camp has been opened in Jordan for Syrian refugees.Reuters

A new refugee camp has opened in Jordan for people fleeing Syria because of violence.

Over 100,000 Syrians have left their homes since fighting started between government forces and rebels in March last year.

More people have been trying to leave over the past few days because of attacks in Syria's largest city Aleppo.

There's space for 10,000 refugees at the Jordan camp but officials say it could hold up to ten times more.

A Syrian refugee at a camp.AFP
Over 100,000 Syrians have left their homes since fighting began.

Officials in Jordan hadn't wanted to open a camp in their country because of fears of angering Syria President Bashar Assad.

But the Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said that with so many Syrians looking for safety they had no choice.

There have already been camps set up home refugees on the country's borders with Iraq and Turkey.