Neighbouring countries see rising numbers of Syrian refugees: UNHCR

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Syria, 2012: Escalating war is taking an increasing toll on Syrian children and their families. Syrians attempt to cross the border to take refuge in Turkey. (UNICEF)

More than 140,000 Syrian refugees have been registered or in the process being registered in neighbouring countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

Fighting intensified in recent days as government forces and opposition fighters battle for the control of the city of Aleppo.

The agency says that as the conflict continues, its offices in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are reporting increases in the number of refugees from Syria.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR Spokesman in Geneva.

"Our data, which primarily reflects the number of people who have registered or are in the process of being registered, shows a total population of 146,667 people as of yesterday evening. In several countries we know there to be substantial refugee populations who have not yet registered. In Turkey, the refugee population has now exceeded 50,000 people with more than 6000 new arrivals recorded this week alone.  Many of these are from Aleppo and surrounding villages."

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Adrian Edwards says that while the main flow is into Turkey, in July about 8,000 people returned home voluntarily mainly to villages in Syria's Idlib area.

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