More than 4 million refugees have fled Syria’s civil war

The L.A. Times reports on the number of Syrian refugees who have fled abroad due to the civil war:

The civil war in Syria has now caused more than 4 million Syrians to flee abroad, according to the latest UN figures. Image credit: taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net

The civil war in Syria has now caused more than 4 million Syrians to flee abroad, according to the latest UN figures.
Image credit: taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net

With no end in sight to Syria’s civil war, the number of people who have fled to neighboring countries has surpassed 4 million, according to United Nations figures released Thursday.

“This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”

The last time a conflict produced so many refugees was during the 1990s civil war in Afghanistan, when the number of people driven from their country exceeded 4.6 million.

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