UN: Syrian Refugees in Israel Border Zone Jumps to 270,000 in Last 24 Hours

UN on Sunday estimated some 160,000 Syrians had fled the fighting in the border region between Syria, Israel and Jordan creating a major humanitarian crisis

A displaced Syrian child from the Daraa province fleeing shelling by pro-government forces waits in a makeshift camp to cross the Jordanian border, near the town of Nasib, southern Syria, on July 1, 2018.
AFP PHOTO / Mohamad ABAZEED

The latest UN figure of displaced people in south western Syria as a result of the two week escalation in fighting has climbed to 270,000 people, the UN refugee spokesman in Jordan said.

"Our latest update shows the figure of displaced across southern Syria has exceeded 270,000 people," said Mohammad Hawari, UNHCR's Jordan spokesman told Reuters.

UN on Sunday estimated some 160,000 Syrians had fled the fighting in the border region between Syria, Israel and Jordan creating a major humanitarian crisis. Both Jordan and Israel have closed their borders to Syrian refugees, but are tranfering aid into the area.