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30/03/2017 - 13:21hs

Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt have taken in the majority of the people displaced by the civil war in Syria, which started six years ago.

Geneva – The number of people that have escaped the war in Syria has surpassed the five million mark, reported this Thursday (30) in Geneva, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The number of refugees registered reached 5.018 million, mainly in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. “The international community needs to do more to help them,” says a statement by UNHCR. Near 400,000 people have been killed during the war, which began six years ago.

Grandi mentioned that one year after the decision to create 500,000 for the resettlement of refugees, only half of the target number was reached. “To reach our goals, we need to step up our efforts in 2017,” he said.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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