Syria conflict: Number of Syrian refugees rises above 2 million, UN agency says

Every 15 seconds, a Syrian becomes a refugee.

That is the grim reminder from the U.N refugee agency who said Tuesday that the number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country has now risen above 2 million.

A year ago Tuesday, that number was 230,671.

That's an increase of nearly 1.8 million people over the past 12 months, the UNHCR said, describing the trend as "alarming."

"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century -- a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history," said Antonio Guterres, the U.N.'s high commissioner for refugees.

There's more grim news: another 4.25 million people are displaced inside Syria, the U.N. said.

Taken together, these numbers add up to more than six million people torn from their homes, the UNHCR said.

Put another way, "more Syrians are now forcibly displaced than is the case with any other country."

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