Fleeing Syria

Associated Press
In this on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 photo, Syrian refugees who fled their homes with their families due to fighting between rebels and government forces, stand outside their tent, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. According to the United Nations refugee agency, there are now more than 265,000 Syrian refugees scattered across Lebanon, straining services in health, education and housing, pushing up prices and causing friction with Lebanese, some of whom resent their presence and blame them for everything from rising crime to the country's notorious traffic. The issue is particularly sensitive given Lebanon's long and complicated history with tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees who fled to Lebanon with Israel's creation in 1948, as well as Syria's long dominance over Lebanese politics. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

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The number of Syrian children forced to flee their devastated homeland will on Aug. 23 reach 1 million, half of all the refugees driven abroad by the conflict, the United Nations said. Another two million Syrian minors are uprooted within their country and are often attacked or recruited as fighters in violation of humanitarian law. (Reuters)

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