The Bashabsheh Syrian refugee camp in Jordan
1. Foreign Secretary William Hague has visited the Bashabsheh refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria, where he met some of the thousands of people who have fled their homes after civilian areas came under assault from military forces loyal to president Bashar Assad.
2. Refugees urged Hague “get rid of” Assad. “We do not want food or water, we do not want money. We just want you to get rid of Bashar,” some of them chanted. Hague replied: “Is that what you all would recommend?” One man answered: “Yes sir please.” Another refugee snapped: “If you do not want to take a military act against the regime, give us weapons and the Syrians will fight.”
3. Hague heard first-hand accounts of human rights abuses taking place in Syria. “It is horrible to hear the accounts of what is happening (in Syria) from people here, many of them coming from close by over the borders,” he said. The news reports that are coming out of Syria, “assure the barbarity and criminality of the Assad regime.”
4. “What we have seen today should leave us in no doubt at all that a Chapter VII resolution is required,” Hague told a press conference. Chapter VII of the UN charter allows for punitive measures against regimes considered a threat to world peace, including economic sanctions and military intervention.
5. Over 110,000 Syrians have registered with the UN refugee agency since April, with around 33,000 of those seeking sanctuary in Jordan.
6.A Syrian refugee hangs washing at the Bashabsheh refugee camp
7. Syrian children play at the Bashabsheh refugee camp
8. Children who fled Syria with their families receive medical treatment at clinic inside the Bashabsheh refugee camp
9. Children pose for a photograph during the visit by British Foreign Minister William Hague and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh to the refugee camp
10. A young Syrian refugee stands outside a tent at the camp