About 5,000 Syrians die every month

UN asst secy-gen for human rights Ivan Simonovic warned the UN Security Council Tuesday that an estimated 5,000 Syrians are dying every month in the country’s civil war – an extremely high rate of killings that demonstrates a drastic deterioration. Two-thirds of the nearly 1.8 million refugees have fled this year alone, an average of 6,000 a day. “We have not seen a refugee on this frightening scale since the 1994 Rwanda genocide.” The UN official said at least 6.8 million Syrians require urgent humanitarian assistance. “This is a regional crisis not a crisis in Syria… requiring sustained and comprehensive engagement by the international community.”

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