UN: Thousands flee Syria, Damascus diarrhea outbreak

August 17, 2012 17:07

GENEVA - Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrheal disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, UN aid agencies said on Friday.

More than 170,000 Syrians have been registered in four neighbouring countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey), the United Nations refugee agency said.
Overnight, more than 1,000 Syrians arrived in Jordan, spokesman Adrian Edwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The UNHCR is working to improve the ratio of people to toilets - currently 40 to one - in Za'atri camp which holds nearly 8,000 of some 47,000 refugees registered in Jordan.

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