Syrian refugees protest UN envoy's camp visit

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AMMAN, Jordan — Syrian refugees in Jordan protested today’s visit to their desert camp by the U.N.’s international Syria envoy, with some pelting his entourage’s vehicles with stones in a reflection of frustration at his mission’s seeming inability to end their country’s civil war.

Lakhdar Brahimi, who visited another camp in Turkey today, has himself called his task “nearly impossible.” But some in the Zaatari camp in the Jordanian desert shouted slogans implying that his initiative, which involves meetings with Syrian President Bashar Assad, only legitimizes the embattled Damascus regime.

Jordan hosts more than 200,000 displaced Syrians — the largest number in the region. The 31,000 residents of the Zaatari camp have frequently protested against conditions in their settlement, located on a treeless plain in the country’s north. Jordan says the huge influx of Syrians has put pressure on its infrastructure and social services.

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