U.N. says 5,000 Syrian refugees fleeing each day

GENEVA Fri Feb 8, 2013 5:12am EST

GENEVA Feb 8 (Reuters) - About 5,000 refugees are fleeing Syria each day, seeking safe haven in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

"This is a full-on crisis," Adrian Edwards, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing in Geneva. "There was a huge increase in January alone, we're talking about a 25 percent increase in registered refugee numbers over a single month."

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)