Number of Syrian refugees tops 1.5 million mark with many more expected

May 17, 2013

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GENEVA, May 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency announced on Friday that the number of Syrian civilians who have fled their country to escape conflict has passed the 1.5 million mark. “The Syrian conflict continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of those who are forced to flee,” added UNHCR spokesman Dan McNorton in Geneva.