Jordan To Isolate Unmarried Men

Jordan’s interior minister said on Tuesday the government was probing riots by angry Syrians at a refugee camp, and planning to isolate unmarried men to avoid more disturbances.

Zaatari camp

Ghaleb Zubi told state-run Petra news agency, “Some Syrian refugees are currently being interrogated for taking part in the riots. They will be referred to courts,”

“Unmarried men must separate from families at the camp to avoid more riots. Usually such problems are created by young men.”

On Monday night, anti-riot police were called in to quell a protest by Syrian refugees over their living conditions in Zaatari after they torched a tent and destroyed property.

“Jordan will not tolerate such acts,” Zubi said.

Following the clashes, Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh said Jordan would send home Syrian refugees who attacked police officers.

The refugees have repeatedly complained of bad living conditions at the camp, but Jordan, which says it is hosting more than 200,000 Syrians, complains of limited resources to cope with the growing influx. Has it become a crime to be your brother’s keeper?