News Brief 2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773
UN: Syrian Refugee Numbers Top 850,000
The number of Syrian refuges forced to flee the conflict-ravaged country has topped 850,000, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.
"As of the 17th of February, we have over 850,000 Syrian refugees who are awaiting registration or have been registered," agency spokesman Babar Baluch told reporters in Geneva, according to AFP.
Only a year ago, the United Nations said 33,000 Syrians had fled as a result of the conflict that erupted in March 2011 as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad launched a bloody crackdown on protests.