Number of Syrian refugees almost tripled: UNHCR

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The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the number of Syrian refugees who have sought its help since April has almost tripled to 112,000.

The agency says those numbers may necessitate that a new refugee camp be built in Jordan. The government of Turkey has already announced that two to three new sites may be established in that country, in addition to upgrading existing sites.

Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says that the actual number of Syrian refuges is probably “significantly higher” and that many are completely dependent on humanitarian aid.

"Many newly arriving refugees are entirely dependent on humanitarian aid, with some coming with only the clothes on their backs, and following many months of being without work. The needs of those who arrived earlier in the year are also increasing as peoples savings have depleted. At the same time, the communities supporting the refugees were feeling the strain, with the local infrastructure and resources under severe pressure."

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At least 40,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey. Jordan has seen 33,400 refugees, while 30,900 have arrived in Lebanon. Another 7,900 have sought sanctuary in Iraq.

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