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Syria death toll now above 100,000, says UN chief Ban

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Manmohan Yadav, Jul 25, 2013.

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    More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

    The latest estimate of the number killed is 7,000 higher than that issued by the UN only last month.

    Mr Ban was speaking at UN headquarters in New York alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Both men stressed the urgency of finding a political solution to the conflict. Mr Ban appealed for fresh efforts to convene a peace conference.

    In the past the UN has said its statistics are an underestimate as it believes many deaths have not been reported.

    A further 1.7 million Syrians have been forced to seek shelter in neighbouring countries.

    The UN announcement came as reports from the capital, Damascus, said that seven people had been killed in a car bomb attack.

    Syrian state media said the attack took place in the suburb of Jaramana, home to many Druze and Christians, communities in which there has been more support for President Bashar al-Assad.
     
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