Number of displaced triples to 160,000 during fighting in south Syria – UNHCR

30 Jun, 2018 9:23 am

AMMAN (Reuters) – The number of displaced people in southern Syria has more than tripled to 160,000 in the latest fighting, the UN refugee agency’s Jordan spokesman Mohammad Hawar said .

“We expect the numbers during the night to rise further,” Hawar said. The last UN figure issued Monday was 45,000.

A ceasefire has been agreed for southern Syria, a Jordanian official source said earlier , as an army offensive against insurgents sparked fears of a humanitarian catastrophe near the borders with Jordan and Israel.

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