UN: Thousands flee Syria, Damascus diarrhea outbreak

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

More than 170,000 Syrians have been registered in fourneighbouring countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey), theUnited Nations refugee agency said.

Overnight, more than 1,000 Syrians arrived in Jordan, spokesman AdrianEdwards of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The UNHCR is working to improve the ratio ofpeople to toilets - currently 40 to one - in Za'atri camp which holds nearly 8,000 of some 47,000 refugees registered in Jordan.