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Thousands of desperate Syrian refugees seek safety in Turkey after outbreak of fresh fighting

Renewed fighting in northern Syria since June 3 has sent a further 23,135 refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province. Some 70 per cent of these are women and children, according to information received by UNHCR this week.

Most of the new arrivals are Syrians escaping fighting between rival military forces in and around the key border town of Tel Abyad, which faces Akcakale across the border. They join some 1.77 million Syrian refugees already in Turkey.

However, the influx also includes so far 2,183 Iraqis from the cities of Mosul, Ramadi and Falujjah.

According to UNHCR field staff most of the refugees are exhausted and arrive carrying just a few belongings. Some have walked for days. In recent days, people have fled directly to Akcakale to escape fighting in Tel Abyad which is currently reported to be calm.

Thousands of desperate Syrian refugees seek safety in Turkey after outbreak of fresh fighting

17 Jun 2015

Renewed fighting in northern Syria since June 3 has sent a further 23,135 refugees fleeing across the border into Turkey's southern Sanliurfa province...

Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast. Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now uprooted. If displacement was the population of a country, it would be the world's 24th biggest.

UNHCR's new annual Global Trends report reveals a sharp escalation in the number of people forced to flee their homes, with 59.5 million forcibly displaced at the end of 2014, compared to 51.2 million a year earlier. During 2014, an average of 42,500 people became displaced every day.

The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into the world's single largest driver of displacement, but instability and conflict in places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Burundi and Afghanistan is also contributing heavily.

With huge shortages of funding and wide gaps in the global regime for protecting victims of war, people in desperate need of help are being abandoned. Now, more than ever, the world must work together to build and preserve peace.

Meet just some of the displaced...

Global Trends photo essay: Flight to safety 2014

17 Jun 2015

Global displacement, from wars, conflict, and persecution, is at the highest level ever recorded, and accelerating fast...