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Jordan to Host Conference on Iraqi Refugees


Jordan says it will host a regional conference next week to discuss ways to help hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees who have fled their country's violence.

The state-owned Petra news agency said Thursday Jordan has invited officials from Syria, Egypt, Iraq, the Arab League and the United Nations to attend the meeting in Amman on July 26.

Petra says representatives of Iran, Turkey, Russia and Japan also will take part as observers.

It says the delegates will discuss how to ease the burden of countries hosting large numbers of Iraqi refugees.

The U.N. refugee agency says Jordan has about 750,000 Iraqi refugees, while 1.4 million Iraqis have fled to Syria in recent years.

The agency has warned that Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan are putting severe strains on healthcare, education systems and housing.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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