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Syrian refugees soar due to violence

24 August 2012 Last updated at 15:08 BST

The number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria has rise sharply.

Around 30,000 people arrived in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan this week, according to the UN refugee agency, which brings the total number of refugees since the conflict began to more than 200,000.

The BBC's Barbara Plett said the growing numbers of refugees had become a big political issue.