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Number of Syrian Refugees May Grow to Three Million by End of Year

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Syrian refugees sit in a tent at a refugee camp in the town of Nizip in Gaziantep province, southeast Turkey, February 11, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3DNGY

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The number of Syrians fleeing the conflict at home is soaring.

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The United Nations announced the number of Syrians refugees who've fled their country officially hit one million.

Antonio Guterres, head of the UN's Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, says that could triple by the end of this year.

He made the comment while on a visit to Turkey, where some 190,000 Syrians have sought refuge.

Others have wound up in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as elsewhere in the Middle East and even Europe.

Melissa Fleming, the UNHCR chief spokesperson, says Syrians who make it to one of the 17 refugee camps across Turkey say they are grateful to be staying in an orderly and safe place.