Syrian refugees reach one million mark

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A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. © UNHCR/N.Daoud

The number of Syrians who have fled the conflict to other countries has now reached the one million mark, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency says about half of the refugees are children, the majority under the age of eleven.

It points out that more than 400,000 Syrians have become refugees since the beginning of this year and arrive traumatized, without possessions and having lost members of their families.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"Well it's a huge refugee population we are seeing. In addition it's a population that has expanded extremely dramatically. Just in the space of the last three months we have seen the number of Syrian refugees doubling in the Syria region to this million figure we are at today and the numbers are still rising. This points really to the tragic and epic scale of the suffering that we are seeing in Syria and the surrounding region." (24")

UNHCR says most of the Syrians have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

It adds that increasingly, Syrians are also fleeing to North Africa and Europe.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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