UN says 100,000 refugees fled Syria in August
GENEVA (AP) - Some 100,000 refugees fled Syria during August making it by far the highest monthly total since hostilities began, the United Nations (UN) refugee agency said on Tuesday.
The tide in people fleeing the civil war, a figure that includes both refugees who are registered and those awaiting registration with the Geneva-based UN refugee agency, underscores the intensifying violence between the regime of Syria's president, Bashar Assad, and the armed anti-government groups.
The August total represents more than 40 per cent of the 234,368 Syrian refugees who, as of the last count on Sept 2, had fled for surrounding countries since the uprising began 17 months ago.
"If you do the math, it's quite an astonishing number," UN refugee agency spokesman Melissa Fleming told reporters on Tuesday at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva. "And it points to a significant escalation in refugee movement and people seeking asylum, and probably points to a very precarious and violent situation inside the country."