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Syrian refugees could triple by end of 2013 - U.N.

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The number of refugees fleeing Syria is rising at an alarming rate -- so says the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.

There are now 1 million registered Syrian refugees outside the country.

Guterres said the number of refugees has gone from 3,000 a day in December to 8,000 a day in February.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, ANTONIO GUTERRES, SAYING:

"So this shows you the staggering escalation that we are witnessing. Now if this escalation goes on - and nothing happens to solve the problem - we might have in the end of the year a much larger number of refugees, two or three times the present level."

The 1 millionth refugee was registered in Jordan on Wednesday, following a dramatic rise in the number of civilians fleeing violence at home.

The U.N. refugee body, the UNHCR, says more than 400,000 people have fled Syria since January 1, 2013 - that's nearly half the total.

Around 50 percent of the total

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