United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the "highly dangerous" militarisation of conflict in Syria, even as the world body said that over 100,000 people fled the country in August.
The United Nations refugee agency reported that the number of Syrians fleeing to neighbouring countries rose to over 100,000 in August, the highest monthly total to date.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said 103,416 people sought asylum in countries neighbouring Syria last month, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered or awaiting registration as of September 2 to 235,368, mainly in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
Addressing the UN General Assembly yesterday on Syria, Ban said the conflict has taken a particularly "brutal turn" where the Syrian government forces continue indiscriminate shelling of densely populated areas with heavy weapons, tanks and air assets and the opposition groups stepping up military activity....more
04:14 PM, Sep 05, 2012