11,000 Syrians have fled in past 24 hours: UN
GENEVA, Switzerland - More than 11,000 Syrians have fled into three neighbouring countries in the past 24 hours alone, bringing the total number of registered Syrian refugees in the region to over 408,000, the UN said Friday, November 9.
"The arrival of the last 24 hours is really the highest we have had in quite some time," said Panos Moumtzis, the regional coordinator for the UN's refugee agency UNHCR.
Over the past day, "we have received over 11,000 Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries," he told reporters following the 6th Syria Humanitarian Forum in Geneva, which groups different UN agencies' aid efforts.
Moumtzis said some 9,000 had fled into Turkey, and around 1,000 into both Jordan and Lebanon.
This "brings the total number of registered (Syrian) refugees in the region to over 408,000," he said. - Agence France-Presse