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Aug 29, 2014 1:16 AM by Associated Press

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations refugee agency says the civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country, an increase of 1 million from almost exactly a year ago.

With about one of every eight Syrians fleeing across the border, and 6.5 million others displaced with the country's borders, the Geneva-based agency says over half of all those uprooted are children.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement Friday that the Syrian crisis has become "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives since the conflict began in March 2011.

Syria had a prewar population of 23 million.

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