Sunday, May 20, 2007

Iraqi refugees overwhelming Syria

ALISTAIR LYON. Reuters. May 18, 2007

DAMASCUS — Syria may eventually try to restrain a flood of more than a million Iraqi refugees fleeing a nightmare that could get worse, international aid officials say.

The influx, swelled by 30,000 to 40,000 newcomers a month, is straining the resources of a country that has so far upheld an open-door policy dictated by its Arab nationalist ideology.

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