Syrian refugee numbers cross 1.5 million as funding gaps remain

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Syrian refugee children play beside tents in Domiz refugee camp. (Photo: UNHCR/B.Sokol)

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled into neighbouring countries has now surpassed the 1.5 million mark, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

However, the agency says the number of refugees is likely to be much higher as many others have opted not to register with UNHCR due to personal security concerns.

In Jordan, UNHCR has registered over 473,000, Lebanon 470,000, Turkey 347,000, Iraq 147,000 and in North Africa over 76,000.

Dan McNorton from UNHCR says the growing number of refugees from Syria was putting a strain on the already limited financial resources.

"The Syrian conflict continues to have devastating impact on the lives of those who are forced to flee. The increasingly widening gap between the needs and resources available is a growing challenge. UNHCR has registered close to one million refugees since January first this year-this is about a quarter of a million people each month. Refugees tell us the increased fighting and changing of control of towns and villages, in particular in conflict areas, result in more and more civilians deciding to leave."

Inside Syria, UNHCR says it has managed to reach over 860,000 displaced people with non-food items.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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