Over 2,100 Syria army defectors fled to Jordan, official

zaatari refugee camp jordanMore than 2,100 Syrian officers have fled to Jordan since the start of the conflict in their country in 2011, the kingdom’s interior minister said in remarks published on Sunday.

“Jordan is hosting around 2,130 Syrian officers of different military ranks in a special military complex,” Hussein Majali told the government-owned al-Rai daily.

“The kingdom will remain a safe heaven for everyone but this will not be at the expense of Jordan’s safety and stability. Jordan has the ability to deal with the situation in a balanced manner.”

Amman and the United Nations put the number of refugees in Jordan at more than 500,000, although the kingdom says 1.2 million Syrians are living in the country, including those from before the conflict.

“If a military strike against Syria takes place, the biggest threat would be mass exodus to Jordan,” Majali said.

“Jordan was prepared to receive additional 150,000 refugees from Syria — 20,000 in the Zaatari camp and 130,000 in the Azraq camp.”

Refugee home

Four high-ranking Syrian Army officers who have defected to the opposition in June 2011 were identified as Brigadier General Mohammed Zakaria, Brigadier General Abdulla Zakaria, Colonel Ismail Zakaria and Colonel Abdel-hamid Zakaria.
Four high-ranking Syrian Army officers who have defected to the opposition were identified as Brigadier General Mohammed Zakaria, Brigadier General Abdulla Zakaria, Colonel Ismail Zakaria and Colonel Abdel-hamid Zakaria. More than 2,100 Syrian officers have fled to Jordan since the start of the conflict in their country in 2011

The northern Zaatari camp near the border with Syria is home to more than 130,000 refugees.

Over two million people have fled Syria since the war broke out there in 2011, mostly to neighboring Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

The United States and Russia on Saturday concluded three days of talks in Geneva with an ambitious agreement to dismantle and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014.

It gives Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a week to hand over details of his regime’s stockpile of the internationally banned arms in order to avert unspecified sanctions and the threat of U.S.-led military strikes.

Al Arabiya

Top Photo: The Zaatari Syrian Refugeee camp in Jordan

  • 5thDrawer

    No wonder Assad’s ‘army’ couldn’t win against the FSA without the help of Shabiha & Quds & Hezzy and the various other idiots … it was mostly Officers. :-)))

    • patriotss

      no it was mostly cowards not military men
      real and loyal men have taken their positions now

      • Peaceforleb

        And this is the reason he will win.

  • 5thDrawer

    No wonder Assad’s ‘army’ couldn’t win against the FSA without the help of Shabiha & Quds & Hezzy and the various other idiots … they were mostly Officers. :-)))

    • patriotss

      no it was mostly cowards not military men
      real and loyal men have taken their positions now

      • Peaceforleb

        And this is the reason he will win.