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Syrian crisis

Forty journalists, support staff killed in first half 2013: report

Source : Robert Evans / 22 Aug 2013

Forty journalists and back-up staff were killed on the job in the first half of this year and the circumstances of another 27 media deaths have yet to be clarified, a media safety group reported on Monday.

Killings often occurred because of the victims’ work in uncovering crime or corruption, while the highest single country total was eight - in Syria where journalists have been targeted by both government and rebel forces in the civil war there.


Syria war imperils education of 2.5 million children-aid agency

Source : Reuters / 12 Jul 2013

More than a fifth of Syria's schools have been destroyed or made unusable in more than two years of conflict, jeopardising the education of 2.5 million young people, Save The Children aid agency reported on Friday.

The civil war in Syria has contributed to a sharp increase over the past year in the number of violent incidents affecting children's education reported worldwide, the agency said.


Syrian crop risks threaten to worsen food shortages - UN

By Catherine Hornby / 6 July 2013

Four million Syrians, a fifth of the population, are unable to produce or buy enough food, and farmers are short of the seed and fertilisers they need to plant their next crop, the United Nations said on Friday.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said Syria's domestic wheat production over the next 12 months is likely to be severely compromised and that it will need to import 1.5 million tonnes of wheat for the 2013/14 season.


Syrian official: War causes $15 billion in losses

By AP / 1 July 2013

More than two years of fighting in Syria’s civil war has damaged some 9,000 state buildings and run up $15 billion in losses to the public sector, a government minister said Sunday, shining a light on the devastating toll the crisis has taken on the country’s economy.


Syria pushes global refugee numbers to highest since 1994

By Tom Miles / 20 June 2013

Syria's war has contributed to the biggest rise in global refugee numbers since 1994, the year of the Rwandan genocide and the height of conflict in the Balkans, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said in its annual report published on Wednesday.


Syria conflict: At least 93,000 killed, says UN

Source : BBC / 13 June 2013

At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures.

This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012.


Syrians suffering medicinal shortages as war rages

Source : Reuters / 10 June 2013

Syria is suffering from a severe shortage of life-saving medicines, health care infrastructure and workforce amid its escalating conflicts.

Syria's once advanced pharmaceutical industry was brought into almost a complete halt. The country, which used to be the biggest exporter of medicines in the Middle East, is now a major consumer of medicines as it has to meet the needs of 23 million Syrians.


EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions boosts jihadist groups

Source : Julian Borger and Mona Mahmood / 20 May 2013

The EU decision to lift Syrian oil sanctions to aid the opposition has accelerated a scramble for control over wells and pipelines in rebel-held areas and helped consolidate the grip of jihadist groups over the country's key resources.


‘Syria refugees face more health risks’

Source : Presstv / 20 May 2013

International aid organization Oxfam says the hotter weather will increase health-related risks for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

In a statement issued on Monday, Oxfam made an appeal for urgent funds for the refugees who continue to flee to Jordan and Lebanon, AFP reported.


'Worse Than Syria.' Civil War in Iraq 'Has Already Started'?

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 04 May 2013

“It is wrong to say [Iraq is] getting close to a civil war... The civil war has already started.”

That's what one Iraqi politician tells the Independent's Patrick Cockburn as the British foreign correspondent explores the undercurrents of growing violence and political conflict in the country still reeling and destabilized from more than a decade of war and an entire generation beset by Western sanctions, military intervention, and occupation.


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