Conflict Has Displaced 1 in 3 Syrians: UN
7M have been uprooted; 2M of those have fled country
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
Black smoke leaps the air from government forces shelling in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.   (HOEP)

(Newser) – Seven million Syrians, or nearly one-third of the population, have been displaced by the civil war that has ravaged the nation since 2011, but international aid has been a "drop in the sea" of humanitarian need, a top UN official said today. The funding gaps remain wide, with donor countries sending less than one-third the money needed to help those displaced, says a UN rep. Syria's brutal two-and-a-half-year-old conflict has also claimed more than 100,000 lives, including hundreds who—according to the US—were killed in chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian regime near Damascus on Aug. 21.

Of the 7 million displaced Syrians, 5 million fled their homes but are still in Syria and 2 million crossed into neighboring countries, said the UN official. Before the outbreak, Syria had a population of about 23 million people. The UN rep said the need for aid is far greater than what the international community has provided so far. "Whatever efforts we have exerted and whatever the UN has provided in humanitarian aid, it is only a drop in the sea of humanitarian needs in Syria," he said. The funding gap "is very, very wide." Click for more on today's developments in Syria.

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InferiorToYou
Sep 2, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
Apparently 1 in 3 is not enough for the POTUS. I suppose the war contractors have branched out into the refugee camp supply business. Vertical integration, and all that.
Bartmaeus
Sep 2, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
Well done Israel. That shiite bloc is weakening eh? Well done house of Saud. Well done Qatar. That pipeline is getting more likely now. Well done Turkey: that deal with Qatar is coming to pass, maybe. Well done White House, Great Satan indeed.. Well done House of Commons, old fomenter of strife throughout the ages - second nature to you, old hag of a bitch. Well done France, you who are nostalgic for the heady days of empire in the Arab world, eh, Islamo-fascist clown Hollande? Well done Wall Street, insatiable for rapine and plunder. Well done City of London, true heart of darkness. Well done one and all, cowards who hide behind lies and disinformation, who fight your dirty wars with rabid Islamist death squads, ferried in from Benghazi, Yemen, Pakistan, and so on - young men radicalised by the vile practices of the US government, through drone strikes, recruited by MI6, CIA and Mossad tools spouting radical Islamist ideology. True professionals.
Who_Cares
Sep 2, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
Someone explain this to me. They have this war going on for two years. "Rebels" are trying to abolish legal government. They have been cleansing Christians in whole Middle East. What is really going on out there, does anyone knows.