UN refugee head: Syria on 'verge of the abyss'

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Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 am

BAGHDAD (AP) - The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Syria could be on the "verge of the abyss" as aid workers brace for a likely increase in the nearly 2 million refugees who have already fled the country's civil war.

Antonio Guterres, the head of the Office for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, called on Syria's neighbors to keep their borders open to accommodate additional Syrians seeking to escape the war.

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