Middle East

Cranes ready to drop aid into Syrian camps await Jordan nod

  • In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, pots for water gather dust at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, pots for water gather dust at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, trash bakes in the sun from 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, trash bakes in the sun from 64,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, boys stand at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)

    In this Sunday, July 10, 2016 photo, boys stand at the Ruqban border camp in northeast Jordan. A senior aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan’s promised go-ahead. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An aid official says U.N. agencies have procured cranes to hoist food over an earthen barrier to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan, but are still waiting for Jordan's promised go-ahead.

Jordan sealed its border after an attack on its troops by Islamic State extremists last month.

The closure halted regular aid deliveries from Jordan's territory to Syrians on the other side of the berm. In mid-July, Jordan promised to allow a one-off shipment of 30 days' worth of food.

The aid official said Monday that logistics for the shipment are in place but that Jordan still hasn't given the green light. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to brief reporters.

Jordan's government spokesman was not immediately available for comment.