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Number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey rises sharply: UN

(Xinhua)

16:02, August 18, 2012

GENEVA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Friday said there has been a further sharp rise in the number of Syrians fleeing to Turkey in the past few days.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 3,400 people crossed into the provinces of Kilis and Hatay, Adrian Edwards quoted the local officials as saying.

With these latest arrivals, there are now almost 65,000 Syrians in the nine camps in Turkey, not all were formally registered yet.

UNHCR is scaling up its humanitarian assistance in Turkey and will provide family tents, blankets, kitchen sets and other relief on an emergency basis to assist the government of Turkey in addressing urgent needs, said Edwards.

The total number of formally registered Syrian refugees in four surrounding countries -- Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq -- now stands at 170,116, though the real number of refugees should be higher as not all of them were registered.
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