UN: 5,000 a month dying in Syria



ARA News

U.N. officials stated on Tuesday that the ongoing war in Syria results in the death of five thousand people every month. According to recent reports, Syria’s war caused the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

A number of officials called on the U.N. Security Council to take more efficient action to deal with the consequences of the 26-month-old war. The United Nations says up to 100,000 people have died.

“The extremely high rate of killings nowadays — approximately 5,000 a month — demonstrates the drastic deterioration of the conflict,” U.N. assistant secretary general for human rights, Ivan Simonovic, told a council meeting on Syria.

Nearly 1.8 million people are now registered with the United Nations in countries around Syria, and an average of 6,000 people a day are now fleeing, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres added.

“We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago,” Guterres said.

“This crisis has been going on for much longer than anyone feared with unbearable humanitarian consequences,” he added.

U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said that the international community may have to consider cross border operations to get aid into Syria.

Syria’s U.N. ambassador Bashar Jaafari disputed the U.N. death toll figures as “unprofessionally sourced.”


Source: ARA News-AFP

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