BEIRUT: The governor of Deraa said Wednesday that displaced residents should return to the southern province, where several thousand housing units are slated for construction.
Khaled al-Hannous, quoted by state news agency SANA, said that contracts had signed on to build 3,000 housing units, with priority going to the province’s displaced. Hannous said six temporary aid centers established by the government, along with dozens of “private centers,” would help ease the return of people who fled the conflict-stricken area.
SANA quoted a government official who said that 80,000 had fled Deraa province during the country’s uprising.
Hannous said his offices were issuing personal identification papers for returnees and accused the Jordanian authorities of confiscating the documents in order to continue receiving aid money and use “false numbers (of refugees) for political and media exploitation.”
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 30, 2014, on page 8.