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UN: Syrian refugees riot at camp in Jordan

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 8:21am  ET

Associated Press

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency says a riot has broken out at a refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan after some of the refugees were told they could not return home.

Ali Bibi, a UNHCR liaison officer in Jordan, says it's unclear how many refugees were involved in Thursday's melee at the Zaatari camp. The riot broke out after some Syrians in the camp tried to board buses to go back to their country.

He says Jordanian authorities refused to let the buses head to the border because of ongoing clashes between the rebels and President Bashar Assad's forces in southern Syria, just across the border from Jordan.

Bibi says there were no immediate reports of injuries.

He says Jordanian authorities promised to organize the refugees' return home at another time.

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