Some 150,000 Malian refugees in neighboring countries: UN

Some 150,000 Malian refugees in neighboring countries: UN
# 19 January 2013 00:43 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said here Friday that 2,744 Malian refugees have arrived in neighboring countries over the past week, bringing the total of those displaced in its neighbors to 147,000 since the crisis started a year ago, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"The agency says that displacement across borders has been rising steadily -- with 2,744 Malian refugees having arrived in neighboring countries in the past week," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

"In addition, close to 230,000 people are now displaced inside Mali," he said.

According to UNHCR, military operations continue in northern Mali. The agency is reinforcing its teams across the region to assist the internally displaced persons and refugees.

In Burkina Faso, the agency has sent staff from Ouagadougou to monitor the border and boost assistance in the refugee camps in Burkina Faso's Sahel administrative region, said the spokesman.

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