Azraq formally opened today and will be run by the Jordanian authorities with the support of UNHCR and its humanitarian partners. The camp was opened to relieve pressure on the Za'atri camp, some 80 kilometres to the north-west. There are currently nearly 5,000 shelters in Azraq, capable of housing up to 25,000 refugees.
The camp is one of the first to utilise solar energy on a large scale, with the aim of being more environmentally friendly and reducing the cost of electricity consumption in the long term.
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