Syria Refugees Could Double, Triple By 2014: UN
'Risk of an explosion' in their numbers, says Antonio Guterres
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 photo, a Syrian refugee washes laundry outside her tent, at Atmeh refugee camp, in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

(Newser) – The U.N. chief for refugees says the number of refugees from Syria could increase by "two or three times" the present level by the end of the year if the country's conflict doesn't end. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says the international community should work toward ending the conflict and says there is a "risk of an explosion" throughout the already volatile Middle East region if it continues much longer. Guterres was speaking in Ankara today, days after the number of UN-registered refugees in neighboring countries topped 1 million. Guterres also renewed a call for nations to help support Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and other countries that shelter refugees.

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Mar 11, 2013 8:36 PM CDT
You just know where going to get stuck with the tab. They'll say the UN. But that mean US.
Mar 10, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
A few months after Iraqis started fleeing their country, Persian rugs on ebay became very inexpensive----I bought several beautiful ones at an amazing price. Liquidating Syrians may cause the same sort of influx of goods.
Mar 10, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
Where is the European community on this! It's on THEIR CONTINENT!!!!