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The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday that more than 7 million people have been displaced from their homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, a record number for the crisis.
More than 1.3 million people in the region are refugees, according to the U,N.
The agency said that about 4.1 million people are displaced internally and another 3.4 million are in neighboring countries.
The U. N. agency said the latest numbers are based on data collected between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2017.
More:The U, N. refugee agency said its numbers are not directly comparable with those in the past, but reflect the situation in recent months and are based largely on voluntary responses by refugees and host countries.
“The most important lesson learned is that it is crucial to work together with local partners and partners in the broader international community to support these displaced people,” UNHCR regional coordinator for Iraq and Syria Ali Makhlouf said in a statement.
“For example, in the case of Syria, UNHCR partners have been working with the local government to ensure that the displaced people have access to food and other basic needs,” he said.
A large majority of displaced people in Syria are women and children, the UNHCR said.
The agency said about 40 percent of the displaced in Syria live in camps.
About one-quarter of them are children, and most are Syrian, Afghan and Sudanese.
The UNHCR has been working to address the refugee crisis in Syria since the war began more than five years ago.
More than 5.8 million people live in refugee camps, and more than 5 million are refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, the agency said.