Syrian Opposition Marks 1,000 Days of Civil War, Says One Person Killed Every 11 Minutes
The Syrian opposition to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad marked 1,000 days since the outbreak of the country’s civil war today, asserting that the bloody conflict is killing one Syrian every 11 minutes, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. Hostilities broke out on March 15, 2011 in the city of Daraa, located in southwestern Syria, just north of the border with Jordan.
To date, the civil strife has resulted in the death of at least 128,000 Syrians, with more than 2 million citizens being injured. In addition, 16,000 Syrian civilians detained by the regime are currently listed as missing.
A report published by the United Nations Refugee Agency asserts that out of 2.2 million war refugees from Syria who are registered with UNHCR, 52 percent are children. Nearly 90 percent of the refugees have fled to neighboring countries, including Lebanon (385,000), Jordan (291,000) and Turkey (294,000).
According to another study commissioned by the United Nations, more than 60 percent of the hospitals and clinics in Syria have been damaged during the war and are thus unable to function as providers of medical services. Ambulances have been another casualty of this conflict, with rebels stealing them for military purposes.