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Refugees flee Syria for Lebanon

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QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Refugees from Syria are pouring across the border into Lebanon, fleeing the violence and death in their country.

The U.N. refugee agency says as many as 2,000 Syrians have crossed into Lebanon in the last two days.

Among the refugees are families with small children, carrying only plastic bags filled with their belongings. They left Syria as the regime there hunted down its opponents in the rebel strongholds.

One woman arrived with two families who fled government shelling of their town in a province where Syria's government has been waging a brutal offensive for the past month. She says those who are able to flee are doing so. The others, she says, "will die sitting down."

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