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9 million now displaced by Syria’s civil war, U.N. says

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Syrian displaced familiesThe United Nation’s top humanitarian field operations official said Friday that more than 9 million Syrians have been displaced by the country’s civil war _ 6.5 million of whom are still inside Syria, while 2.7 million have fled to nearby countries.

John Ging, the director of operations at the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, warned that those numbers are like to grow.

“Month-after-month, it’s 5,000 people that are being killed in this crisis. Hundreds of thousands have been injured in this crisis, and again with the intensification of the conflict, these numbers are growing all the time, “ he said.

Still, the international community is not stepping forward to provide assistance. He said the U.N.’s humanitarian appeal is only 20 percent funded and that the U.N. had collected only about a quarter of the money it needs to assist refugees.


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