Over 350,000 families internally displaced in Syria due to global terrorist attack
Latest official figures show that 350,177 internally displaced families are taking refuge in shelters inside Syria.
Syria’s Ministry of Social Affairs said on Monday that the number represents the displaced families registered in local displacement shelters set up across the crisis-stricken Arab country.
The ministry added that around 5,878,317 internally displaced Syrians are currently living outside of the protection of local shelters.
The Syrian government’s body further noted that it is providing displaced people with basic commodities, and is cooperating with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to render services inside displacement shelters.
In addition, millions of other Syrians have sought refuge outside, mainly in neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
On February 25, the United Nations said Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict are about to replace Afghans as the biggest refugee population in the world.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres said that nearly 2.5 million Syrians have now registered as refugees with UNHCR in neighboring countries in the Middle East.
He also called on the international community to make more efforts to help the Syrian refugees and the neighboring countries, which are hosting them.
Guterres warned that the conflict in Syria might spill over into other countries in the region, saying a further destabilization in the Middle East “could have disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.”
Syria has been gripped by deadly crisis since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants operating inside the country.