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Syrians Flee In Record Numbers

Amanda Martinez |
September 4, 2012 | 3:12 p.m. PDT

Supervising Executive Producer

Violence continues to escalate in Damascus. (Creative Commons)
Violence continues to escalate in Damascus. (Creative Commons)
Continued violence in Syria has forced more than 100,000 refugees to flee the country in August, the highest monthly total since the conflict began in March 2011, reported the U.N. refugee agency Tuesday.

The Associated Press said the number is more likely to hit around 200,000, as the U.N. refugee count includes only registered refugees and those waiting to be registered.

In the past 17 months, the total number of Syrians living in neighboring countries amounts to 234,368. The U.N. agency reports 80,000 sought refuge in Turkey, with 8,000 awaiting processing. Jordan has 77,000 refugees, Lebanon in excess of 59,000 and Iraq with 18,700.

As violence continues to surge in the two major cities of Damascus and Aleppo, the month of August also reached a death toll high, with 5,000 dead. 

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