Sep 3 2013
The number of refugees fleeing Syria's violence has passed the two million mark, the United Nations has said, in another tragic sign of a civil war that shows no sign of letting up.
Antonio Guterres, the head of the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says Syria is losing an average of almost 5,000 citizens a day across its border, many of them with little more than the clothes they are wearing.
He said in a statement that nearly 1.8 million of the refugees have fled in the past 12 months alone.
The agency's special envoy, Angelina Jolie, said "some neighbouring countries could be brought to the point of collapse" if the situation keeps deteriorating at its current pace.
The Syrian conflict began in March 2011.