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Amnesty International Agency says 12,000 refugees stranded on Jordan-Syria border

Elsayed-Ali said Jordan has granted refuge to some 632,000 Syrians since 2011, but its policy on refugees has become "increasingly restrictive."

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Syria"s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with the Iranian Khabar TV channel in this handout photograph released by Syria"s national news agency SANA on October 4, 2015. play

Syria"s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with the Iranian Khabar TV channel in this handout photograph released by Syria"s national news agency SANA on October 4, 2015.

(REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters)

Amnesty International said on Wednesday in London that 12,000 Syrian refugees are stranded and "struggling to survive" in freezing temperatures on the border with Jordan.

It called on the Jordanian government to take immediate action to help them.

Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Deputy Director of Global Issues at Amnesty International, stressed that the refugees, including children and pregnant woman that are in urgent need of medical attention, were left in "no man's land" after they were refused entry to Jordan.

"As the conflict in Syria continues, it is critical that Jordan, and Syria's other neighbouring countries, keep their borders open to those fleeing bloodshed or persecution.

"By denying sanctuary to civilians seeking safety on their soil, the Jordanian authorities are fuelling a humanitarian disaster on their doorstep," he said.

Elsayed-Ali said Jordan has granted refuge to some 632,000 Syrians since 2011, but its policy on refugees has become "increasingly restrictive."

He said government had not given reason for denying refuge to the 12,000 stranded Syrians.

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