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Syrian refugees now over 200,000

08-25-2012 05:34 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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More than 200 thousand Syrians have poured into neighbouring countries during the conflict, surpassing the 185 thousand the UN refugee agency had expected to flee by the end of the year.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says the total reflects an increase of about 30 thousand in the past week alone to Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. It also takes into account those awaiting registration in Jordan. The agency says it is drawing up new contingency planning figures, expected to be issued around mid-September.

Turkey continues to see the largest refugee influx -- more than 78 thousand. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said this week it could run out of space if the number went above 100 thousand. Turkey is expected to raise the issue of a "safe zone" in Syria at a Security Council meeting on August 30.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source:

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