Jordan - Risk SummaryAugust 2012 | Risk Summary
Jordan has faced a flood of refugees fleeing into the country from Syria, as the civil war afflicting its neighbour drags on. According to Jordanian government estimates, more than 150,000 Syrians have crossed the border since Damascus' crackdown on pro-democracy protests in March 2011, although only 39,500 are registered. There are widespread fears that the continued influx could place large strains on the country's fragile economy and limited resources, including scarce water and electricity. Violence has also started crossing the border, with Syrian rocket shells falling on a Jordanian border town on August 21 as well as daily exchanges between Syrian soldiers aiming at refugees and Jordanian forces providing covering fire.
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