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Over 1m displaced in Syria: UN
September 13, 2018
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BEIRUT: The UN Commission of Inquiry says Syria this year has witnessed levels of internal displacement not seen before in the seven-year conflict. The agency said in a report released on Wednesday that over 1 million Syrian men, women and children have been displaced so far this year “with most now living in dire conditions.”

The agency also warns that a possible offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib “would generate a catastrophic” humanitarian crisis. France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the indiscriminate bombing by Russian, Syrian and Iranian forces in Syria’s Idlib region could amount to war crimes.

“The hypothesis of war crimes can not be excluded once one begins to indiscriminately bomb civilian populations and hospitals,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers.

He also said that efforts should be made immediately to prepare for a mass humanitarian crisis should thousands of people be displaced by the fighting.

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