Syria might have slipped from the big headlines, but the carnage continues. Three years of civil conflict has cost more than 162,000 lives, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while the Assad regime, according to other reports, continues to deploy chemical weapons.
Little wonder that so many Syrians have taken flight.
A study by the Norwegian Refugee Council, quoted by the Washington Post, finds that “there are nearly three million Syrian refugees now registered outside the country”.
More still, 6.5 million people, are displaced within their own country. “According to the data, some 9.500 Syrians fled their homes every day”, or, to put it another way: “Every 60 seconds, a Syrian family flees their home”.
Not everyone will go along with the remedy urged by the Post in an editorial however, that Obama should consider “reviving his plan to launch US military strikes against Syrian infrastructure that supports [chemical weapons] attacks”.
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