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Friday, February 08, 2013 12:03 pm

UN refugee agency says 5,000 fleeing Syria daily

The Associated Press

The U.N. refugee agency says there has been a huge increase in the number of people fleeing Syria, with 5,000 refugees crossing the borders daily into neighboring countries.

Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says that "5,000 people are now crossing the borders of Syria into other countries every single day, so this is really a full-on crisis right at the moment."

Edwards told reporters Friday in Geneva that there are now 787,000 Syrians who are registered or being helped as refugees, mainly in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

He says the number shot up by 25 percent alone in January, and that in mid-December, when the agency issued its response plan for Syria, there were 515,000 refugees.