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No food, little water for Syrians stranded on Jordan border

  • In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Syrian refugees carry water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack. (AP Photo)

    In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Syrian refugees carry water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Syrian refugees ride a donkey cart full of water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack.(AP Photo)

    In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Syrian refugees ride a donkey cart full of water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack.(AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, a Syrian refugee rides a donkey cart full of water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack. (AP Photo)

    In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, a Syrian refugee rides a donkey cart full of water bottles at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. Syrian refugees and international aid officials say little water and no food has reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Aid officials say no food and little water have reached 64,000 Syrian refugees stuck in the desert since Jordan sealed its border last week in response to a suicide attack.

Abeer Etefa of the World Food Programme said Sunday that an extended closure "could put the lives of stranded Syrians at risk."

The refugees living in border tent camps have relied on deliveries of food and water from Jordanian territory, but Jordan says international agencies must find alternatives.

Jordan sealed the area after a cross-border suicide attack killed seven Jordanian troops last Tuesday.

Since then, only two water shipments have reached the refugees. Etefa says food was last distributed two weeks ago.

She says the WFP understands Jordan's security concerns, but hopes the border will eventually reopen.