(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Two injured Syrians were rushed to a Mafraq hospital late Tuesday evening in the most recent case of a rising tide of injured Syrians seeking refuge in Jordan since the announcement of a UN-brokered ceasefire last week.
According to a source at the Islamic Charitable Society, security services took the two civilians to Mafraq Military Hospital late Tuesday after they crossed into Jordan illegally in "serious condition".
A medical source at the hospital said the arrival of the injured Syrians, who as of late Wednesday, were in "stable but serious condition", has increased the total number of refugees received by the hospital this week to 12.
Due to limited access to medical care in their home country, many Syrians arrive in Jordan with various months-old injuries including bullet wounds, burn marks and "visible signs of torture", the source said.
Relief agencies in the northern region have reported the arrival of "tens" of injured Syrians in the area since the announcement of a UN-brokered ceasefire last Thursday, including two on Sunday who were unable to survive long enough to reach the nearby Princess Basma Hospital in Ramtha.
"We are seeing injured refugees with more serious injuries," said Amar Azaizeh, head of the Kitab Al Sunna society's Ramtha branch.
The influx of wounded refugees comes amid a week-long exodus of Syrians to Jordan, which according to relief agencies and security sources has reached a pace of 500 per day.
Due to Damascus' ongoing border clampdown and a month-old policy barring the entry of civilians into Jordan, the vast majority of Syrians enter the Kingdom illegally - a journey they say is fraught with risks and military patrols.
Jordan follows an open-border policy, granting refuge to all Syrians entering Jordan, who according to officials number 100,000 since March 2011.
An additional 4,000 civilians are currently camped out along the Jordanian-Syrian border in hopes that former UN secretary general Kofi Annan's diplomatic efforts will result in a reversal of Damascus' travel restrictions, according to Syrian activists.