UN says 100,000 refugees fled Syria in August

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GENEVA — More than 100,000 Syrians sought refugee status during August in what the United Nations describes as an eye-popping escalation in the pace of departures since the hostilities began.

The August total accounts for more than 40 percent of the 234,368 Syrian refugees who, as of the last count on September 2, had fled for surrounding countries since the uprising began 17 months ago, the U.N. refugee agency said today.

August’s figure, which is the highest monthly total so far, only counts refugees who are registered and those awaiting registration. Officials say the real number of Syrian refugees is likely way above 200,000 since many are believed to have not yet registered with authorities.

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