Jordan, facing serious economic difficulties as it tries to care from 120,000 refugees from the Middle East War, is now counting the cost of the loss to Israel of its territory west of the River Jordan.
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The crippled Allenby bridge over the River Jordan, where thousands of refugees are daily crossing unto the East Bank from the West, which is now occupied by Israeli forces. At least 120,000 refugees are now in Jordan, and thousands more may follow. Some carry their personal belongings, others have left all their belongings, as well as their homes, and many have no money.
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Aid for the refugees has come from many sources, and makeshift camps are ready to receive them. But Jordan now faces the problem of ensuring continued aid for the refugees, or finding employment and homes for them.
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The United Nations Children's Fund has contributed a million dollars, mainly to buy milk and medical supplies for mothers and children, and a United Nations team is investigating the situation.
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King Hussein is to fly to the United Nations to lead his country's delegation in the Middle East debate. Israel now occupy much of the country's best farm land, and an area where Jordan's population lived before the war.
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Background: Jordan, facing serious economic difficulties as it tries to care from 120,000 refugees from the Middle East War, is now counting the cost of the loss to Israel of its territory west of the River Jordan. The refugees have trooped across the river in their thousands to makeshift homes in schools, mosques, and hastily erected camps.
The refugees have left behind them the homes and personal belongings. Many are arriving without money and for some - refugees since the 1948 war -- it's their second flight from the victorious Israelis.
One of the main problems facing Jordan is providing food, accommodation and work for the refugees. Contributions from several countries and organisation have helped ease the burden, but that doesn't solve the problem of ensuring continued aid or employment for the refugees.
Authorities have appealed to the people living on the West bank, ??? occupied by Israel, not to cross the river. About 46 per cent ??? country's two million population were living there before ???providing a major market for the East bank's products. The West ???provided much of Jordan's best farmland. Now the Israeli ???ns that Jordan's income from duties, taxes, and services, ???d in half.
??? has come in may forms. The United Nations Children's ???illion dollars, chiefly for milk and medical ??? children. Pope Paul has made a personal donation ???ical Mission for Palestine. The British based ??? Oxfam, has made an immediate emergency grant of ???ish Government has given GBP68,000 and there ??? major contribution to ease plight of the ???