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Bombing Syria = 1 million more fleeing refugees

That there is sense in bombing Syria has to be doubted...especially when one reads an assessment by a Senior UN official in Syria that bombing the already war-ravished war-torn and partly devastated country will only lead to some 1 million more refugees fleeing the conflict.

Displaced people queue up to receive aid food in Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

 "Another million Syrians will flee their homes before the end of the year if the war continues unabated, a senior UN official has said.

Yacoub el-Hillo, the humanitarian coordinator in Syria, said that unless urgent action was taken to resolve the escalating conflict, refugees would also continue to flow out of the region.

He said that more than a million people had already been displaced from their homes already in 2015, and called for greater international aid efforts to help Syrians survive the winter in their own country.

“Unless something big is done to resolve this conflict through political means, the human train that has started moving out of Syria and the neighbourhood will continue to be running for many months to come,” he said.

He said that because neighbouring countries, which have absorbed the bulk of the refugees, were now at crisis point, “Europe will be faced with a refugee situation similar to the one that led to the creation of [the UN Refugee Agency] UNHCR in 1950”.

“The World Food Programme has zero dollars to provide food to 5 million people inside Syria come November.”

The absolute minimum amount needed to provide food for those affected for the rest of the year was $738m, he said."


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