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16 March, 2019 09:18:55 AM
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370,000 dead since 2011: Monitor

Syria war in numbers
AFP, Beirut
370,000 dead since 2011: Monitor
A woman wearing a niqab (full face veil) walks carrying a infant behind another child, as others said to be members of the Islamic State (IS) group by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), exit with children from the village of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

The Syrian conflict, which entered its ninth year yesterday, has ravaged the lives of millions of people since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Here are some figures:

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a vast network of sources across Syria, says it has recorded the deaths of more than 370,000 people since unprecedented protests began on March 15, 2011.

Those killed have included 112,623 civilians, of whom 21,000 were children and 13,000 women.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 2.9 million people are living with a permanent disability. A study conducted by French group Handicap International in 2017 and 2018 says that more than three fifths of Syrian refugee families include a disabled person. According to the US non-governmental organisation CARE, the conflict has caused the biggest population displacement since World War II.

The fighting has pushed close to 13 million -- more than half the country's pre-war population of 23 million -- from their homes, according to the United Nations.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says 6.2 million people have been displaced within Syria itself since 2011, while 5.6 million people are refugees in the region.

Turkey alone, the main host country, has taken in more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees.

It is followed by Lebanon, which says it hosts 1.5 million Syrians against a total population of four million.

Less than one million of those are registered with the UNHCR. Most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in insecurity and depend on international aid.

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