2012-12-20 21:25:25

Syrian Refugee Crisis Deepens as Thousands Face Harsh Conditions

More than half a million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, prompted by ongoing fighting and conflict, according to new figures from the UN. Aid agencies say the actual number is likely higher. A UN report from the High Commissioner on Human Rights also warns of increasing sectarian lines in the conflict and says mounting tensions are showing religious and ethnic divisions.  Also today, residents displaced by fighting at a refugee camp near Damascus began returning. The Yarmouk Refugee Camp is home to Palestinian refugees as well as thousands of Syrians from other parts of the country. Stepped up fighting between government forces and rebels drove an estimated two-thirds of residents from the camp earlier this week, according to the UN.  For an update on the conditions refugees face, we go to Wissam Tarif, Arab Campaigner for the advocacy group, Avaaz. We are reaching him in Istanbul.

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