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UN issues dire Syrian refugee warning | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

The United Nations refugee agency has warned that the number of people to have fled Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year. The warning comes as Syria reels from the "bloodiest day" of the conflict so far.

UN aid agencies issued an appeal for $487.9 million (379 million euro) in financial aid on Thursday as the UN's refugee agency issued its latest warning over the rising number of Syrians fleeing the 18-month conflict.

Around 294,000 refugees have already fled to neighboring countries the UN said, with at least 700,000 expected to have left Syria by the end of the year. The figure far surpasses previous forecasts, which estimated that around 185,000 Syrians would have left by December.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:12:09 PM EST
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