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UN : More than 100,000 Syrians flee in August

Geneva, Sep 4 (): The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday number of Syrian refugees has raised up sharply in August. More than 100,000 flee from Syria to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. This number is said to be the highest monthly figure since the conflict began in March 2011.

The CIA World Factbook says Syria’s entire population is about 22.5 million. The number of refugees is more than 1% of the population. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), chief spokesperson Melissa Fleming described the figure as “an astonishing number” of refugees.

Around 59,000 Syrians are gone to Lebanon as refugee, while Ankara says there are more than 80,400 Syrian refugees in Turkey, with around 8,000 reportedly still waiting to cross. 1,000 Syrian refugees were crossing into Jordan each day, while Iraq was now seeing a steep hike in the number of Syrian Kurds arriving in the country, with about 500 crossing daily.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the total number of refugees from Syria who have either been registered or are awaiting registration now stands at 235,300, with 103,416 people seeking asylum in August alone.

Inside the country, the Red Cross is discussing with Syrian officials this week for better access to civilians tortured by the bloody civil war. Peter Maurer, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Syria.

The ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have delivered almost 180,000 Syrians with food and other essentials since mid-July. But some of the most distressed civilians remain trapped in relentless violence.

August was perhaps Syria’s most violent month yet, with the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting more than 5,000 deaths. About 1,600 people died last week alone, says the UN children’s fund.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said over 26,000 people have been slaughtered since the revolt started in March last year — more than two-thirds of them civilians.