Jordan reopened its eastern border with Iraq Friday and said officials were admitting all refugees of the Persian Gulf war despite a lack of international relief aid.

"As part of Jordan's noble Arab traditions towards human issues, Jordan has decided to reopen its borders with Iraq and allow all refugees in accordance with an organized program," Interior Ministry Undersecratry Salameh Hammad said in a statement carried by state-run Jordan Radio.In a telephone interview later, Hammad said that more than 1,000 people, mostly Egyptians, had entered Ruweishid by noon. Friday's decision came nine days after Jordan closed the Ruweishid border post, 210 miles northeast of Amman, for financial reasons.