Minister: International aid for Syrian refugees still falling short; Jordan may restrict entry



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AMMAN, Jordan — A Cabinet minister says international aid has repeatedly fallen short of Jordan's needs for dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees, suggesting the kingdom might restrict their entry if the crisis exacerbates unemployment and poverty.

Planning Minister Imad Fakhoury said Thursday that when "this starts to threaten our stability or security, then it is our sovereign right that we take the necessary measures to protect Jordan."

Fakhoury says Jordan hasn't reached that point yet and his warning seemed largely intended to pressure donors. He says Jordan requested $2.9 billion for 2015, but only received 7.2 percent, with more money expected in coming months. He spoke after a news conference with a senior U.N. delegation.

Jordan is one of five host countries for close to 4 million Syrian war refugees.

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