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UN chief says Syria war death toll over 100,000

Last Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 21:21

Zee Media Bureau

United Nations: The number of people killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011, has hit the alarming figure of 100, 000, said UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon also said that it was urgent to find a political solution in order to end the conflict.

The previous death toll issued by the UN stood at 93, 000 last month.

Syrian conflict which has seen more than two years of violence and bloodshed has also displaced millions ensuing a refugee crisis, which was touted by the UN as worse since Rwanda genocide of 1994.

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres said earlier this month that hat over 6, 000 were fleeing Syria each day and two-thirds of nearly 1.8 million refugees registered with the UN had left the country since the beginning of 2013.

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said at least 6.8 million Syrians require urgent humanitarian assistance and accused the government and opposition of "systematically and in many cases deliberately" failing their obligation to protect civilians.

First Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 19:54
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