Current Weather
The Spy FM

Syrian Conflict: Refugees Race To Escape; Battle Goes On In Aleppo

Filed by KOSU News in World News.
July 30, 2012

The focus of the battle between the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition fighters remains on the city of Aleppo, where it could be a long, deadly fight before either side can claim victory.

Meanwhile, a refugee crisis continues to build:

– Jordan has given the U.N. enough land to “provided for 100,000 people,” the BBC reports. But at the site, “a dry, hot wind blows across the Jordanian desert, coating a freshly pitched city of tents with a fine film of dust. ‘No-one would want to live in a tent here,’ admits Andrew Harper, head of the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Jordan.”

The news service adds that “on Saturday night, nearly 2,000 Syrians are reported to have made the increasingly dangerous escape to Jordan, marking what officials describe as a dramatic increase in the exodus.”

More are expected to head that way. As The Daily Mail writes, “the United Nations reported that 200,000 people had been forced out of Aleppo. … Many of them are now heading to Jordan after reports that the country has opened its first refugee camp for those caught up in the fighting.”

– During the Iraq war, Syria sheltered 1.2 million Iraqis. Syrians who have fled in recent weeks to Iraq “expected a warm welcome,” The New York Times reports. But instead:

“Alone among Syria’s Muslim neighbors, Iraq is resisting receiving refugees from the conflict, and is making those who do arrive anything but comfortable. Baghdad is worried about the fighters of a newly resurgent al-Qaida flowing both ways across the border, and about the Sunni opponents of the two governments making common cause.”

Many Syrians who have crossed the border have been “locked up in a school under guard” and not allowed to visit relatives in Iraq, the Times says. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center