Syria's refugee crisis becoming largest displacement: UN

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United Nations, July 4: At close to three million, Syria's refugee crisis is becoming the world's largest displacement, a media report said Friday.

"Today, there are close to three million Syrian refugees, and the number of those seeking safe haven is increasing by 100,000 every month," Xinhua quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying.

If enough humanitarian support is not provided for Syrian refugees by the end of 2014, it could result in dramatic consequences for refugees and the stability of the entire region, including a serious security threat to Lebanon, according to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

The warning comes as the refugee agency prepares to present a report on Syrian Regional Response Plan in Geneva, calling on donors to fund a $3.74-billon programme across Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Meanwhile, "for Iraq, the monthly refugee influx from Syria is lower than it was expected", Dujarric noted.


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