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Syrians by the thousands are fleeing the violence in their home country and seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Turkey this week is said to be considering a buffer zone in Syria to secure its own national security as well as aid fleeing civilians. Turkey is already sheltering some 17,000 of those who have fled. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the yearlong conflict in Syria. A cease-fire agreement accepted by Syria Tuesday that was drawn up by United Nations envoy Kofi Annan was met with skepticism, and fighting continued between rebels and President Bashar Assad’s soldiers. -- Lloyd Young (32 photos total)
Syrian refugees are seen through a barbed wire as they arrive at border between Syria and Turkey, near Reyhanli, Hatay province, on March 27. Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissent, which monitors say has seen more than 9,100 people killed since March 2011, triggered an influx of refugees on the Turkish border as officials say the current number exceeds 17,000. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

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DEMIGOD: A child dressed as Hindu god Ram sat on a bicycle at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual Magh Mela Festival in Allahabad, India, Thursday. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press)

WAITING FOR FOOD: Displaced people waited for rations from the World Food Program in Jonglei, South Sudan, Thursday. The Murle ethnic group was displaced in inter-communal violence. (Isaac Billy/European Pressphoto Agency)

CONTRASTING COLORS: A Hindu woman hung sari fabric to dry near Kolkata Thursday. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MASKED FIGURE: A Syrian soldier who defected to join the opposition Free Syrian Army stood guard outside the town of Qusayr, Syria, Wednesday. (Reuters)

SNOW-COVERED: A soldier standing in front of a snow-covered wall guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin in Moscow Thursday. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BEGGAR CHILD: A child standing in the mud held up a net as he asked for charity from Hindu pilgrims making their way on a ferry near Kolkata Thursday. (Dibyangshu Sarkar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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