Syrian refugees top 200K in Turkey

March 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

ANKARA, Turkey, March 10 (UPI) -- Turkish officials said more than 200,000 Syrian refugees have flooded over the border to escape two years of violence to oust President Bashar Assad.

An estimated 186,000 refugees are living in camps over the border in Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The camps are being managed by the Turkish government with support from the U.N. High Commission on Refugees, or UNHCR.

The U.N. commission is operating similar camps in Jordan where still more Syrian refugees have fled, Today's Zaman said.

The number of Syrian refugees could double or even triple by year's end if the conflict continues, UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres said, and called for greater international support for the refugees and their hosts.

"We need to be prepared for the increasing numbers of Syrians," he said. "The international community should share the burden with Turkey because this is a collective responsibility, not only the responsibility of Turkey."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Greeks vote overwhelmingly to reject creditors' bailout
Maine man dead after shooting firework off head, police say
Russian resupply spacecraft docks onto ISS to deliver needed provisions
Third disturbance in four days erupts at Arizona prison
Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa targeted heavily in airstrikes