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More than 2,300 people Cross to Iraq to flee from unending war in Syria

GENEVA, Switzerland - The United Nations said Friday more than 2,300 people, mostly women and children, had fled fighting in northeastern Syria and crossed into Iraq in recent days.

"For the fourth consecutive day, UNHCR ... has been receiving hundreds of refugees crossing the border into Iraq from northeast Syria," UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.

Syrian refugees have been transported from the border areas to Bardarash refugee camp," about 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of the Syria-Iraq border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor has meanwhile put the number far higher, saying more than 300,000 civilians had been displaced by the assault, calling it one of the largest upheavals since Syria's civil war began in 2011.

The monitor said nearly 500 people have been killed including dozens of civilians, the majority on the Kurdish side.

Mahecic said that refugees arriving in Iraq, it took them days to get to the border as they fled amid shelling and fighting.

He said that teams on the ground were providing the refugees with hot meals, water and other basic items.

The UN's World Food Program currently has in stock general food assistance rations sufficient for over 500,000 people and ready-to-eat rations sufficient for 132,000 people," spokesman Herve Verhoosel said, adding that production of further stocks was ongoing.


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