Number of displaced Syrians may double or triple by end of 2013: UN
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The UN's refugee chief Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that if there is no political solution to the conflict in Syria the number of displaced Syrians would reach two or even three millions by end of 2013.
According to UN figures, more than a million Syrians have been registered as refugee in neighboring countries, including, Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. About half of the refugees are children.
"Now if this escalation goes on and nothing happens to solve the problem we might have in the end of the year a much larger number of refugees: twice or three times the present level," Guterres told reporters in Turkey.
He said the UNHCR could only "mitigate" the suffering of Syrian refugees but the responsibility to find a solution fell on "those that have political responsibilities," AFP reported.
The UN official also said that almost 8,000 Syrians take refugee in neighboring countries each day.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.