Record Number of Refugees Flee Syria in August
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- 2012 Sep 04
Roughly 100,000 people fled Syria during the month of August, according to the United Nations, the highest monthly number of refugees since the conflict began, CBN News reports. U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said more than 230,000 Syrians had now become refugees. "If you do the math, it's quite an astonishing number," she said. "And it points to a significant escalation in refugee movement and people seeking asylum, and probably points to a very precarious and violent situation inside the country." Syria's violence is getting worse as rebels continue to fight for control of the city of Aleppo. Reports show August was the bloodiest month so far, with nearly 5,000 people killed.