Finally, after weeks of delays, the U.S. and the United Nations have admitted that the U.N.-sponsored ceasefire in Syria has failed. In New Delhi, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the aggression of Syrian security forces "has reached an unacceptable, intolerable stage." In the U.S., President Obama's senior officials said the peace deal "is failing." The news comes after a suicide bomb killed 10 people in Damascus on late Friday. So what finally prompted officials to declare the U.N. plan a failure? It's hard to point to any one event, amid the relentless shelling and sniper operations across the country. But the total toll of violence is eye-popping.
300,000 Internally-displaced people. The U.S. government has just published a map of migration patterns of Syrians caught up in the crossfire. The estimate of the number of internally-displaced people from the bombing and sniper campaigns is truly staggering: 300,000 since the fighting first began.
65,000 fled the country. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency has posted its weekly update tallying people who have fled the country. The group's Web page says " there are 65,070 Syrian refugees in neighboring countries -- 49,193 of whom have registered with the UN and 15,877 others who are waiting to do so."
More than 10,000 Syrians killed There are a couple of estimates being used by the press for deaths in Syria but both bring the number close to 10,000. Earlier this month, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights pegged the number at 10,000. The estimate the UN has been using since March is "more than 9,000."
Syrian currency loses 50 percent of its value According to GlobalPost, Syria's economy has been devastated."State oil revenues have been slashed under crippling international sanctions. Tourism is nonexistent, and confidence in the economy is at an all-time low," writes the news agency. "As a result, the Syrian pound (SYP) has lost a full 50 percent of its value, falling to the psychologically hard-to-stomach yardstick of SYP100 to $1, compared with SYP48 when the crisis began."
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