Victims of a fire in the tent of a Syrian family in Jordan

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 5 April, 2017


ElDorar AlShamia:

A Syrian boy and his sister killed and another woman was injured on Wednesday morning in a fire in a Syrian family tent in the northern city of Ramtha.

The Jordanian Civil Defense Information Department said that firefighting and ambulance cadres at the Irbid Civil Defense Directorate dealt with a fire in a tent belonging to the Syrian family in the Hawara area, which resulted in the death of two people after being burned to the third degree and another minor burns in the body.

The sources added that the civil defense teams moved immediately to the scene of the accident as firefighters extinguished the fire while ambulance crews provided first aid for the injured and transferred to Ramtha government hospital; while the two were evacuated to Princess Badia governmental hospital.

The Civil Defense Department indicated that a committee was set up to find out the cause of the fire.

Jordanian media quoted security sources as saying that "the burning of the tent led to the roasting of a Syrian citizen 55 years old and his brother, the two-year-old girl, and a 60-year-old woman were burned with second-degree burns in the face and her condition is medium."

Jordan has seen similar incidents in the past few years, as seven Syrians died of one family in 2013 in a fire that broke out in a tent in a public park in the town of Ramtha near the border with Syria.

In 2015, four Syrian refugees from one family in the Za'tari refugee camp in the Jordanian governorate of Mafraq were destroyed by a fire in their caravan, while three others from the same family were slightly injured.

This coincided with statements made by Prime Minister Dr. Hani Al-Mulqi, who affirmed that Jordan has reached its maximum capacity to shoulder the burden of Syrian refugees in terms of available resources, financial capabilities, physical and social infrastructure and absorptive capacity of government services are done.

The Prime Minister also stressed in a speech on Wednesday at the Brussels International Conference to support the future of Syria and the region held at the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels that without the continued support of the international community, our ability to continue to provide services to the Syrians will be negatively affected and at the same time Jordan can not maintain the level of services provided to citizens and national gains and achievements.

Jordan, with a population of about 8 million, has more than one million and 390,000 Syrians, more than half of whom are registered as refugees in the records of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), while 750,000 of them entered its territory before the revolution by descent, marriage and trade.

Jordan has announced the closure of its border with Syria since the attack of the Rakban bombing in June 2016, which killed about 7 members of the Jordanian army and wounding others.