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U.N.: 100,000 refugees fled Syria in August
 
A Syrian refugee and her children at the entrance to their tent in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan: Jordan is host to the largest number of Syrian refugees at 142,000, including hundreds of army and police defectors and leaders in the rebel Free Syrian Army.
A Syrian refugee and her children at the entrance to their tent in the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan: Jordan is host to the largest number of Syrian refugees at 142,000, including hundreds of army and police defectors and leaders in the rebel Free Syrian Army.
AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon

The U.N. said Tuesday that an estimated 100,000 Syrian refugees fled their war-ravaged country in August, seeking shelter in refugee camps in neighboring countries like Jordan (pictured) in the biggest monthly exodus since fighting broke out in early 2011. Last month was also the bloodiest in Syria's nearly 18-month-old conflict, with activists reporting that roughly 5,000 people were killed. On Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and reportedly told the group that it could operate in Syria as long as it stays "neutral and independent."

 

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