Temperatures were close to freezing, he said, adding that the tents were equipped with heaters but that bathrooms and lavatories were about 300-500 yards (meters) away.
‘‘Often there’s a long line of people, including freezing children, waiting in the cold to use the bathrooms,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no hot water. People are getting sick, especially the children. There are lots of coughing, infections and people with colds,’’ he added.
‘‘It’s a miserable situation, but I am ashamed to complain because we’re much better off than our brothers trapped in Syria,’’ he said, citing conditions at the Atmeh camp on the Syrian side of the border.
‘‘At least we are better equipped with some heaters and blankets. They have nothing, no heating, no electricity. Nothing.’’
Associated Press writers Jamal Halaby in Amman, Jordan; Mohammad Hannon in Zaatari, Jordan; Hussein Malla in al-Faour, Lebanon; Zeina Karam in Beirut, Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey, and John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.