The situation in Syria is still dominated by instability, clashes and violence and is not expected to abate soon. The UNHCR has registered 72,874 refugees, in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, while it is estimated there are 20,000 refugees who are afraid to register, and many others waiting.

The numbers of refugees are increasing every day and are expected to rise, as the UN warned yesterday the possibility of a full-scale war: “The danger of a full scale civil war is imminent and real” said the UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “With catastrophic consequences for Syria and the region.”

22,976 Syrians are registered with UNHCR Jordan, while the government states that there are around 120,000 refugees in Jordan. Islamic Relief is planning contingency work for the numbers of Syrian refugees expected to rise. It has been in meetings with aid agencies to discuss the potential of new refugee sites, and has recently agreed with the UNHCR to be the main actor in the management of a new site. Islamic Relief also continues to distribute aid at the community level to families in Jordan, which includes food and non-food items, as well as subsidies for rent.

Syrian refugees continue to register in Lebanon. While the UNHCR has registered 19,068 refugees in Lebanon, coalitions in the area report the figure as high as 45,000. The majority of these are staying with host families, which is continuing to put a strain on them. In Turkey, 26,281 Syrian refugees are registered with the UNHCR, and 4,549 in Iraq.

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