Every 15 seconds, a Syrian becomes a refugee

Sep 04, 2013, 00:16 IST | Agencies

More than 2 million refugees have fled Syria's civil war, the United Nations said

“Syria is haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs,” the UNHCR said. 

Nobody’s child: Syrian refugees queue to get food at the Quru Gusik refugee camp near Iraq. Till date, this year, 1,68,000 Syrian have sought refuge in Iraq. Pic/AFP

“Syria has become the great tragedy of this century -- a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history,” said Antonio Guterres, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees.  

4.25 mn Number of Syrians displaced within the country

2,30,671 Number of Syrian refugees last year

Israel carries joint missile test with US
The Israeli military has confirmed it was involved in a joint missile exercise with US forces in the eastern Mediterranean. First reports about activity in the area came from the Russians who said they had tracked two objects, which ended up in the sea. Initially, there were fears in Syria it may have been an attack on its territory. Later, the Israeli military said it was a joint exercise with US forces, which are stationed off the Syrian coast. The defence ministry said it had tested a missile used as a target in a US-funded anti-missile system. The news emerged as US President Barack Obama waits for Congress to vote on any military strike against Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

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