UN officials said Friday (July 20th) that 30,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon during the past 48 hours, AFP reported.
"Thousands of Syrians crossed into Lebanon yesterday. Reports vary between 8,500 and 30,000 people having crossed in the past 48 hours," said UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming, adding that refugees are also flooding into Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
Iraq's government said on Friday it was unable to provide help for Syrian refugees looking to escape their country's ongoing strife.
"Our borders are desert areas, and we can not provide aid for refugees and because of the security situation," government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said in an interview on Al-Iraqiya state TV.
Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said he worried about the intensifying violence in Damascus.
"I fear for the civilians caught up in the violence in Damascus, including the large Iraqi population residing there," he said.
The agency, which continues to operate in Damascus, Aleppo and Al-Hasakah, has registered more than 88,000 Iraqi refugees, the majority of whom are in Damascus.
Ali Dabbagh, the Iraqi government spokesperson, told Al-Iraqiya that four planes carrying Iraqi nationals arrived from Syria Thursday.
The arrivals follow additional reports that thousands of Iraqi families crossed from Syria into western Anbar province.
Anbar provincial council chief Saadun Obeid Shaalan said that 60 buses entered Iraq carrying Iraqis emigrating from Syria.