5K Syrians Flee Every Day
It's a 'full-on crisis,' says UN official
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Syrian refugee boys make their way in flooded water at a temporary refugee camp in eastern Lebanon.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

(Newser) – The number of Syrian residents fleeing their country is rising fast, says the UN refugee agency. It puts the number at 5,000 day, bringing the total who have fled so far to nearly 800,000, reports Reuters. That's a 25% increase in January alone, reports the New York Times, which says makeshift camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq can't safely handle the exodus. "This is a full-on crisis," says a UN spokesman. And it may get worse, reports AP: Rebels have pushed to within a mile of Damascus, setting up a protracted battle for the capital.

"Any attempt by the rebels to advance into central Damascus would mean the beginning of a very long fight," says a Syrian activist. "I imagine Aleppo would be a small example of what is likely to happen in Damascus."

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rosarians
Feb 9, 2013 8:32 AM CST
Now they know how the Syrian Jews felt in the 1930s and 1940s.
EuroNat
Feb 8, 2013 10:40 PM CST
Syrians are Arabs. Three out of the four nations helping them, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, are also Arabs. The one that needs to be appreciated is Turkey. Turks are not Arabs, they have always been at odds with Arabs throughout history because Arabs repeatedly betrayed and backstabbed them during the rule of Turkish Ottoman Empire. Yet, Turks still help their neighbours when the need arises. They did the same for Iraqi Arabs and Kurds in the past. When there is a natural disaster, when their neighbours are in need, Turks forget about everything and run for their help, it's their character and part of their culture. Kudos.
Rammrodd
Feb 8, 2013 7:35 PM CST
Obama & State Dept. should walk the walk and allow these Syrian refugees to emigrate to the USA. There is plenty of room for them in New York, Chicago, & Los Angeles.