MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Doctors Without Borders says 70 severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been blocked from life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago and that some have likely died.

Marjan Besuijen, a project coordinator for the aid group, known by its French acronym MSF, urged Jordan on Thursday to allow the evacuation of the most severely wounded Syrians to the kingdom, “basically giving them a chance to survive.”

Jordan sealed the border in June, in response to a deadly cross-border attack on its security forces.

Besuijen says an MSF surgical ward in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha has stood virtually empty since then. Earlier this week, MSF decided to close a clinic in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp which previously had treated overflow patients from Ramtha.