A member of the Army of Free Tribes shakes hands with a Jordanian soldier.
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Desperate to help Syrians stuck on Jordan's sealed border, U.N. agencies agreed late last year to an aid system that critics say handed much of the control over aid distribution to Jordan's military and a Jordanian contractor, and also involved armed men on the Syrian side. Since then, the system has broken down repeatedly and only sporadic aid shipments have reached two remote desert camps on the border that house thousands of Syrians displaced by war. Rival groups in the larger Rukban camp accuse each other of diverting aid, and black marketers flourish.Since then, international aid organizations have wrestled with the dilemma posed by sending aid to an off-limits area.Mohammad Momani, a government spokesperson, said Jordan is doing everything it can to help aid agencies help the Syrians and get aid to the camps.The U.N. refugee agency believes the aid reaches needy families, based on what it hears from Rukban patients visiting a U.N. health center in Jordan, several kilometers from the camp.Jordan's army chief has confirmed that Jordan is training the Army of Free Tribes to fight "terrorists near the border".In the current system, aid is only provided to the berm by U.N. agencies. Two private international groups, World Vision and Cap Anamur, said they negotiated separate access deals with the Army of Free Tribes after Jordan's border closure.
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