Syrian people "increasingly abandoned" by the world

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Tishreen camp for displaced Syrians in Aleppo. Photo: UNICEF/Rashidi

The Syrian people feel increasingly abandoned by the world as they enter the fifth year of civil war in the country, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Over 220,000 people have died in the conflict that has pitted the government against a number of different rebel groups.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The conflict in Syria began in March 2011 after thousands of people peacefully took to the streets calling for political reform.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon said their "legitimate demand" was met with a violent response from the Syrian authorities, ultimately leading to civil war.

Radical terrorist groups such as ISIL, also known as Da'esh have gained a foothold in the country.

Mr Ban's spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"While global attention is rightfully focused on the threat to regional and international peace and security, which terrorist groups such as Daesh pose, our focus must continue to be with the Syrian people.  Bringing the deadly Syrian conflict to an end is imperative if we are to extinguish the fires of violent extremism and sectarianism that burn throughout the entire region."

Over 220,000 Syrians have been killed in the five years of conflict.

Almost half of the country’s men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes and more than 4 million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

A further 7.6 million are displaced within Syria. 

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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