Syrian Humanitarian Crisis ‘Staggering’

    Displaced Syrians wait to get pallets of wood to use as heating material in a refugee camp in Azaz near the Turkish border on January 11, 2013. UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi expressed the urgent need to end the Syrian conflict after meeting with top US and Russian officials, but reported no concrete advances towards a solution. AFP PHOTO/ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS        (Photo credit should read ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The violent conflict in Syria has created a “staggering” humanitarian crisis, according to the International Rescue Committee. The carnage has killed more than 60,000 people since it began in March 2011. But it has also internally displaced an estimated 2 million people, and an additional 600,000 Syrians have fled the country. The IRC also described the level of rape and sexual violence taking place in the country as “horrific” and said that many refugees have cited rape as the main reason they left Syria. International aid has been “drastically insufficient” for a “steadily worsening crisis” the group warned.

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