More than 276,000 Syrians have fled their country since March 2011, according to UN refugee agency figures released on Tuesday.

The UNHCR also said thousands of people forced to leave their homes in the economic capital Aleppo, where the fighting has focused in recent days, had sought shelter in schools and a university dormitory.

The figure, collated from countries which provide aid to refugees, concerns Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria, the UNHCR said in a statement.

More than 70,000 Syrians sought refuge in Turkey and more than 140,000 have crossed into Jordan. Lebanon hosts more than 31,000 Syrian refugees, along with
Iraq (11,000) and Algeria (up to 25,000).

Describing the numbers leaving Syria as a “steady surge”, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said that, among the 276,000, the agency had registered and given aid to 129,240 Syrian refugees to date.

The number of Syrians who have fled is thought to be much higher but many cases go unreported.

In and around Aleppo, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported that 200,000 people reportedly fled the area over the weekend amid “continuous raging violence” between Syrian government forces and rebel fighters, Fleming added. [AFP]

This is one of the outcome of the war; a war promoted by US, UK, Germany, France, Turkey and golf Monarchies.  In the online edition of Portuguese newspaper Publico Joska Fischer, one of the Lord of War that have his kingdom in EU, tell us about the Middle Est after Assad.