United Nations: The
number of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and
Turkey has reached nearly 230,000, according to the UN Refugee
"In Turkey, the (UN) Agency said that two more refugee camps --
which together can host 23,000 refugees -- have been opened in the
last week to accommodate new arrivals," Xinhua quoted UN
spokesperson Farhan Haq as saying during a news briefing here.
"Another three sites which can host 10,000 refugees each are set
to open next month," he added.
Some 1,400 Syrians have been arriving every day at the Za'tari
camp in Jordan in the past week, bringing the camp's population to
more than 23,000, Haq said. "The Agency and its partners are
working to expand the site to receive more arrivals and improve
The number of Syrians fleeing to Kurdistan in Iraq has risen in
the last two weeks, the spokesperson said, adding that Agency
staff visited eight shelters in Damascus Thursday and confirmed
that sanitation, bedding, water and food were urgently needed.