Authorities Abandon Huge Refugee Camp After ISIS Cells Emerged

A gigantic refugee camp in Jordan has become an “imminent threat” after Islamic State cells started to emerge.

Some 80,000 people are trapped inside the Al Rukban refugee camp by the Syrian border after Jordanian military cut off humanitarian assistance last summer. ISIS militants at the camp “have whole weapons systems … small arms, RPGs, anti-aircraft,” Brig. Gen. Sami Kafawin of the Jordanian army told NBC News in an article published Monday.

“They consider the camp a safe haven. We consider it an imminent threat,” Kafawin told NBC News.

Authorities estimate as many as 4,000 residents, about 5 percent of the camp’s population, may be militants. The area has been struck by several attacks and almost daily gun battles after the government lost control, according to Kafawin.

The military abandoned the camp after seven border guards were killed and another 13 were wounded in an ISIS-claimed car bombing last June. (Read more from “Authorities Abandon Huge Refugee Camp After ISIS Cells Emerged” HERE)

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