"Tens of thousands" more refugees expected in Syria if militants advance

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Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

"Tens of thousands" more refugees may flee the conflict in Syria if the militant Islamic group, ISIL, continues its advance in the north of the country.

Briefing the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that 160,000 people, mainly women and children, had fled in the last two weeks.

There were also reports of children being forcibly recruited into ISIL.

Valerie Amos says the international community should prepare for more refugees.

” Over the past two weeks, ISIL forces advanced in northern Aleppo and over 160 thousand people, mostly women and children, fled into Turkey in just a few days. Their fear was so great that many people crossed heavily mined fields to seek refuge. There is a possibility that tens of thousands more people could be forced out of Syria if ISIL forces continue to gain ground.”

The UN says that 11 million people inside Syria need "urgent humanitarian assistance."

Over 6 million of those people are internally displaced and many have had to move more than once.

The civil war in Syria, now in its third year, is continuing.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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