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Displaced Syrians struggle to find safe shelter

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

An elderly Syrian man, who fled his home due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, takes refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

A Syrian girl lies on the ground next to her father, while they take refuge at a Turkey border crossing.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

After months of protests and violent crackdowns, a look back at the violence that has overtaken the country.

Thousands of Syrians who have been displaced by the country's civil war are struggling to find safe shelter while shelling and airstrikes by government forces continue.  Many families have taken refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing near the Syrian town of Azaz in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey.

More than 170,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, the U.N. refugee agency said.

Photos in this blog post were all shot on Thursday by AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

A Syrian man fixes his car at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her sleeps by her family's belongings, while she and others take refuge at the Bab al-Salameh border crossing.

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