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A file photo shows the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan.

A file photo shows the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan.

The British government says it will offer Jordan £12 million over the next two years to help local communities cope with hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in the Arab country. British International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced on Saturday that Jordan will receive “urgently needed support” to ensure public services keep running as the number of Syrian refugee continues to grow. She said the UK will provide £12 million to ensure that local Jordanian municipal governments can meet the needs of refugees who have fled to Jordan since the outbreak of the turmoil in Syria more than two years ago. Earlier in September, British Prime Minister David Cameron also announced an additional £52 million in aid to help Syrian refugees. The extra £52 million brought Britain's total aid contribution to the crisis in Syria to some £400 million. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting militants operating inside the Arab country. Britain has also played a major role in fanning the flames of the conflict in the Arab country by arming and training militants fighting against the Syrian government. In a recent statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the country’s conflict, has reached two millions. Jordan is hosting over 500,000 Syrian refugees, mostly in the north, including in the Zaatari camp which houses almost 130,000 people. SSM/PR/HE
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