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Newly-arrived Syrian refugees families rest beneath olive trees after crossing the border from Tal Shehab city in Syria through the Al Yarmouk River valley into Thnebeh town, in Ramtha, Jordan, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 as the sun sets. Jordanian military vehicles make few trips down the valley to help elderly refugees, women and children to reach the town of Thnebeh. More than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August, the highest monthly total since the crisis began in March 2011, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. That exodus sharply increased the number of Syrians now living in neighboring countries, bringing the total number of refugees to 234,368 in the past 17 months, the agency said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)