Syrian refugees top 200 000

2012-08-24 18:01

Geneva - More than 200 000 Syrians have poured into neighbouring countries during the conflict, already surpassing the projection of 185 000 set out by the UN refugee agency for the end of this year.

The total reflects an increase of around 30 000 in the past week alone to Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, but also takes into account a change in the way the agency counts those in Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

"We are now at a much higher level of 202 512 refugees in the surrounding region," Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.

"In Jordan, a record 2 200 people crossed the border overnight and were received at Za'atri camp in the north," he said.

More than 3 500 people fleeing violence in Syria have entered Turkey over the past 24 hours, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate said on Friday, one of the highest daily refugee flows since the start of the uprising last year.

Edwards, referring to Lebanon where 51 000 Syrian refugees are now registered, said: "The deteriorating security situation in Lebanon is hampering our work to help refugees fleeing Syria's conflict, though operations are continuing."

  • shane.loxton - 2012-08-24 19:23

    Foreign Policy published a recent article literally titled, "Two Cheers for Syrian Islamists." In it, general editor of the Neo-Con Middle East Forum Gary Gambill concedes that the Syrian government "would not be in the trouble it's in today were it not for the Islamists," revealing what the West and its media houses have attempted but failed at obfuscating - that the violence in Syria is the work of sectarian extremists, not "pro-democracy activists." The latter's existence was amplified by the Western media specifically to provide cover and legitimacy for the violence and subversion of the former.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-24 19:48

      Not true. There are Islamists in Syria, but the overwhelming majority of people fighting for freedom are Syrians. Jihadists are to Syria what the PAC and Communist Party were to South Africa: an extreme fringe. Like the Apartheid government did with the Communist threat, Assad is trying to exaggerate the Jihadist threat. And you're falling for it unfortunately.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-24 20:03

      Shame, But these same people talked the same BS, about Egypt and Libya....!!! Actually, coming to think of it, the criminal thugs that used to head these countries terrorist regimes, and that current monster in Damascus, PLUS THEIR SUPPORTERS, must have been very impressed with that other minority regime, who , even 30 years ago, called the opposition 'terrorists' and that they were not 'pro-democracy activists', as they claimed. They had the support of 'COMMUNISTS, and had "" big ties to external allies AND recognised terrorist groups (PROVEN)"" John Voster and PW Botha must have impressed a lot of people, outside SA, but also within. Years later, these dogs , PLUS THEIR SUPPORTERS, are doing EXACTLY the same when it comes to Syria !!!

      shane.loxton - 2012-08-24 20:58

      Ed Husain, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, drips with admiration for the once-labeled extremist killers of all things democratic, holy and good. Husain writes for The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime's superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now. This morally bankrupt statement, where the enemy of my enemy is my friend even while butchering innocent people, is appalling in the face of documented atrocities and terrorism being committed on the ground by rebel forces. Worse yet, this love letter of support is backed up by the unwitting (but largely unwilling) U.S. taxpayer.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-24 21:49

      Shane your Copy & Paste is not too bad.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-25 05:32

      Shame, Was wondering where do you get all this crap from, that was until I googled ; "Syrian uprising"=====THIRTEEN MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED RESULTS!!!! "Syrian uprising hoax"===NINITEEN MILLION ONE HUNDRED RESULTS!!!! Can hardly wait, for your next post, sorry paste!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-25 16:11

      It's the opinion of one person, Ed Husain. Big deal.

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-08-25 07:01

    well maybe u should read the 13 Million posts and u would not talk so much crap

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-25 07:59

      Shame, You want to talk about 'crap' ""drips with admiration for the once-labeled extremist killers of all things democratic, holy and good"" ""Worse yet, this love letter of support is backed up by the unwitting (but largely unwilling) U.S. taxpayer"" Well,even if I did read all of them, I must admit, it will be difficult to beat your kind of crap!!

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