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Syria: 1 million people displaced in Syria following beginning of Ramadan

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 25 July 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Syria: 1 million people displaced in Syria following beginning of Ramadan, 25 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/501152362.html [accessed 30 August 2014]
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Violence in Syria has escalated since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan last Friday.

Fighting has spread through Damascus and the country's economic centre Aleppo, with international organisation witnessing new patterns of displacement prompting fears that an estimated 1 million people have been internally displaced . The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) reported that 1.5 million people were now homeless in Syria, and while food and medicine has been distributed to about 950,000 internally displaced persons, the food and shelter needs of these people is becoming a real concern.

Syria's neighbours are straining to cope with the 250,000 refugees that have fled the country. The UN expressed its concern for the 5000,000 Palestinian refugees and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis of which 13,000 have returned to an uncertain future in Iraq out of fear of violence in Syria since the beginning of 2012.

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