Refugee children die in Jordan fire

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Riot police clash with protesters near the Israeli embassy in Amman,  March 14, 2014

AMMAN: A fire caused by a candle tore through a Syrian refugee caravan in a town north of Jordan, killing two children, a civil defense department official said on Sunday.

“The two Syrian brothers, aged two and five, died late last night after their caravan caught fire in Zaatari town in the Mafraq governorate,” he told AFP.

“The fire swept through the caravan. The children died after sustaining fourth-degree burns,” the official said, adding that “a candle sparked the fire.”

The town hosts the 7-sq-km Zaatari Syria refugee camp, home to around 100,000 people.

The official said the incident took place outside the camp.

In December, two Syrian children and their father died when a gas cylinder exploded in their tent at Zaatari.

Since the opening of the camp in July 2012 there have repeatedly been demonstrations held by the camp population. The main concern relates to the lack of sufficient food supplies and better accommodation.

The camp has seen an increasing number of reports of crime, including prostitution and drug-dealing.

(Source / 16.03.2014)

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