UN: 5,000 Syrians refugees fleeing each day

Updated 13 February 2013

UN: 5,000 Syrians refugees fleeing each day


GENEVA: About 5,000 refugees are fleeing Syria each day, seeking safe haven from war and its devastating impact on basic living conditions, the UN said yesterday.

An acceleration in the exodus — up from 2,000 to 3,000 late last year — means the total could exceed one million refugees well before the end of June, its previous forecast, the UN refugee agency said.

“This is a full-on crisis,” Adrian Edwards, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing in Geneva. “There was a huge increase in January alone, we’re talking about a 25 percent increase in registered refugee numbers over a single month.”

About 150,000 Syrians poured across Syria’s borders in January, most into Jordan and Lebanon which have seen a massive increase in the inflow. Meanwhile, the Turkish government has spent more than $600 million (450 million euros) on feeding and housing Syrian refugees, the prime minister was quoted as saying yesterday.

“Our overall spending thus far has exceeded $600 million,” the daily Hurriyet quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

In a separate development, more than 50 workers at a military factory in central Syria were killed in a bombing earlier this week, an opposition watchdog that monitors violence in Syria said yesterday. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 54 people died in Wednesday’s explosion which struck their bus as they were preparing to return home at the end of their shift, and the number could rise further.

Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Updated 24 May 2018

Syria Kurds announce capture of prominent French extremist

Qamishli, NORTHERN SYRIA: Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria on Thursday announced the capture of French militants Adrien Guihal, known as the voice that claimed 2016 attacks in France for Daesh group.
“The SDF’s intelligence services conducted an operation on May 19 that led to the capture of a group of extremists led by Adrien Guihal, known as Abu Osama Al-Faransi,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement.
Guihal was thought to be among the most dangerous members of the large French contingent in the ranks of Daesh, whose controlled huge swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria before collapsing last year.
The Kurdish forces controlling northeastern Syria have detained dozens of French Daesh members who have gone underground in recent months, including well-known figures such as Thomas Barnouin and Emilie Konig.
The SDF statement said Guihal was detained together with his wife, who was not identified.