Registered Syrian refugees in surrounding states triple in three months

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Young Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Za’atri camp.

The number of Syrians registered or awaiting registration as refugees in four neighbouring countries has increased three-fold in just three months, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says there are now more than 300,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq compared to around 100,000 in June.

UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards says that many refugees and the communities hosting them are already running out of resources.

"The latest figures show a total regional registered population of more than 311,500 Syrian refugees in the four countries. The continuing rapid growth in numbers underscores the urgency of our appeal last week  for $487.9 million in support of up to 710,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries by the end of this year. The generosity and hospitality that's been shown by these countries makes it essential that the international community does provide as much support as possible."

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UNHCR says what's compounding the urgency of the situation is the upcoming winter temperatures across the region in less than 10 weeks from now.

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