Number of Syrian refugees surpasses 1.5 million, says UNHCR

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday that the number of registered Syrian refugees has hit 1.5 million.

    "We're seeing that number increase by 10,000 plus per day, and we see no let up in sight, given the security situation inside Syria, given the lack of services, we're seeing whole towns basically, decide to move out," said Andrew Harper, UNHCR's Representative in Jordan.

    He added the number is set to double to three million by the end of the year.

    Jordan maintains an open border policy with Syria and has taken in around d 530,000 refugees since the start of the two-year conflict.

    Most of the refugees reside in the Zaatari refugee camp.

    A majority of the refugees have fled to neighboring Lebanon and Jordan, where the UNHCR said it had counted 479,457 and 473,587 respectively this week.

    Syria's total population is 23 million.

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