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'SYRIAN REFUGEE NUMBERS PASS 5 MILLION MARK IN MIDEAST'
GENEVA - The number of people fleeing Syria's civil war to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed the 5 million mark, data from the UN refugee agency showed on Thursday.
Syrians have poured across their borders since anti-government protests in 2011 spiraled into a full-blown conflict between rebels, Islamist militants, government troops and foreign backers.
Initial rush of refugees in 2013 and 2014 steadied for the next two years. But the numbers have risen again this year after the military victory by the government and its Russian allies in the northern city of Aleppo.
A total of 5,018,168 people have now taken refuge in Syria's neighbors and other countries in the region, according to data collected by UNHCR and the government of Turkey READ MORE