Record number of Syrians enter Jordan

Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- About 2,200 Syrians, a record for a single day, entered neighboring Jordan to escape the violence in their country, officials said Friday.

The one-day record was set Thursday, exceeding the previous high of 1,254, the Jordanian officials said.

The refugees were taken to the Za'atri camp, pushing the total number of Syrians there to 14,500, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a release.

"Further arrivals are expected," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. "Across Jordan, some 61,000 people have registered with UNHCR or are awaiting registration. The Jordanian government estimates 150,00 Syrians are in Jordan."

A large number of Syrians have also made their way to Turkey Authorities said there were more than 74,000 refugees registered there as of Wednesday.

"Local authorities have informed UNHCR that seven new camps are being built which, together with the existing nine camps, which will bring Turkey's camp capacity to 130,000 people," Edwards said. "Three of the new camps are expected to be ready by the end of August, with the remainder completed by the end of September."

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