Syrian war creates refugee crisis, UN says

Syrian war creates refugee crisis, UN says

LEBANON (CNN) - The United Nations says roughly half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes.

And one-in-eight are seeking safety across the border.

According to new figures, a staggering 3 million people are now refugees.

They have fled Syria and its brutal three-year civil war.

The U.N. says before things can improve the world must take action.

An additional 6.5 million are believed to be displaced within the war-torn nation, the U.N. said.

That means almost half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes amid the country's civil war, the U.N. said.

"The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them," Antonio Guterres, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said in a news release on Friday.

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