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Jewish groups sending aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan

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July 25, 2013 | 1:01 pm

Syrian refugees wait to collect water at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on June 25. Photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Syrian refugees wait to collect water at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, on June 25. Photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

A coalition of Jewish groups is providing more than $100,000 in aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, which is made up of 14 organizations and coordinated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, convened Thursday in New York to allocate the money to several groups providing aid to Syrian refugees in refugee camps in Jordan, a JDC spokesman told JTA.

The money is going to the Jordanian Red Crescent, which is the kingdom’s version of the Red Cross; Israel Flying Aid, for food distribution; World Jewish Relief, which is working with the Save the Children program in one of the refugee camps; and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), for resettlement work.

Approximately 1 million refugees from Syria’s two-year-old civil war have fled in roughly equal numbers to Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

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