Conflict & Justice

Why Jordan is reaching its limits with Syrian refugees

King Abdullah of Jordan has told the BBC that his country has reached saturation point in its ability to take in and care for Syrian refugees. Speaking ahead of an international donors conference in London on Thursday, King Abdullah said Jordan could not continue to accept refugees unless it received more support, including help to create more jobs for Jordanians. The country has accepted hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees; together with unregistered migrants and Syrians there before the conflict, they make up 20 percent of the population.

Syrian air force pilot defects to Jordan

A Syrian fighter pilot has flown his plane to a military air base in northern Jordan and asked for asylum, in what is believed to be the first defection by a Syrian air force pilot since an uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad broke out 16 months ago.