Death Toll in Syria over 17,000

An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. And many more are likely to die if an agreement isn’t reached between opposition forces and Assad regime.

What enormous health problems will the population and aid workers have to contend with in the coming months? The World Health Organization is already facing critical medicine shortages in Aleppo and Homs. How will those who are injured, the vast majority who are civilians and many of who are children, receive the basic treatment they need? The situation in Syria is already paralleling and soon may surpass the devastation and loss of life during the Spanish Civil War.

From the UN News Center: “Syria experiencing critical shortages in medicines”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42641&Cr=syria&Cr1

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