The large number of Syrians fleeing the country amid President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on protesters is deeply worrying, the head of the United Nations refugee body said Wednesday, AFP reported.
“There is a meaningful number of Syrians who have crossed the border into Turkey … and of course this is an area of enormous concern to us,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told reporters in Stockholm.
About 160 Syrians crossed into Turkey in two separate waves Wednesday, bringing to some 550 the number of Syrians taking refuge in the country, an AFP reporter witnessed.
At least 5,000 Syrian refugees have also arrived in northern Lebanon since April.
Guterres stressed the need to help those fleeing to both countries.