Syrian refugee numbers in the region surpasses five million: UNHCR

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Posted: Mar 30, 2017 4:59 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed 5 million for the first time in Syria's six year conflict, data from the U.N. refugee agency showed on Thursday.

The number remained static at about 4.8 million through most of 2016, but has risen since the start of this year. Data collected by UNHCR and the government of Turkey put the latest total at 5,008,473, of which 488,531 were in camps.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)