Violence in Syria reaching "unthinkable levels" says Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The ongoing violence in Syria is reaching "unthinkable levels" according to the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement released in New York on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said that Syria was now the biggest humanitarian and peace and security crisis facing the world.

The civil war in the country is now entering its fourth year.

Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost or destroyed, with hundreds of people more killed every day.

Cities and villages have been reduced to rubble.

The Secretary-General said that extremists are imposing what he called "their radical ideologies" with communities being threatened and attacked.

He added that he regretted the inability of the international community, the region and the Syrians themselves to put a stop to the conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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