Jordan, UN negotiate plan to manage stranded Syrian refugees

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Seventy five thousand Syrian refugees have been stuck in no man’s land for more than two years.

They can’t go back to Syria, and Jordan won’t let them in.

CCTV America’s Stephanie Freid reports.

Jordan, UN negotiate plan to manage stranded Syrian refugees

U.N. and Jordan are reported to negotiate a potential agreement over placement of Syrian refugees, who now can't go back to Syria or enter Jordan. CCTV America’s Stephanie Freid reports.

Without adequate food, water or medical supplies, they are suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and disease.

In August, aid agencies using cranes delivered a one-month’s supply of food, water and hygiene kits.

Jordan sealed the border in June after a suicide bomber among the refugees killed seven Jordanian security personnel. The international community has been scrambling since to find ways to get supplies to the isolated Syrians.

There is a reported provisional agreement between the U.N. and Jordan calling for a buffer zone.

Points of that agreement include a new aid distribution point closer to Syria patrolled by Jordanian trained Syrians, fencing erected to contain movement and $39 million in humanitarian aid to Jordan.

As part of the deal, Jordan will not allow any new refugees into the country.

If the plan succeeds, it will mean much-needed supplies reach the tens of thousands, stuck in open desert, before harsh winter weather sets in.