Over 500,000 Syrian refugees in region: UN

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The number of Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries and North Africa has passed half a million, the UN's refugee body said Tuesday, adding that many more have not come forward to seek help.

"According to UNHCR's latest figures from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and North Africa, 509,559 Syrians are either registered or in the process of being registered," the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.