A man and two Syrian refugee children stand inside a fenced-off area of the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
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About 8,500 Syrians are still locked up behind barbed wire in a no-go section of Jordan's second-largest refugee camp – despite initial assurances in 2016 that the arrangement is temporary, aid groups said.The Jordan INGO Forum, an alliance of 60 non-governmental groups, asked Jordan to expedite security screenings, saying that at the current pace it would take until October 2020 to empty out Azraq camp's fenced-in "Village 5 ". About 20 percent of Jordan's 665,000 registered Syrian refugees live in three camps, the rest in host communities.German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier echoed such views after a visit to Azraq Monday. He toured a near-empty supermarket just a few hundred meters from Village 5 . The temporary arrangement was meant to address Jordan's concerns that Daesh militants are trying to enter Jordan posing as refugees.Aid officials said Tuesday that 979 Syrians had been moved to Village 5 from other areas of Jordan in 2017, updating the figure of 797 in the report.
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