Half a million wounded in Syria's war: ICRC

Half a million wounded in Syria's war: ICRC
Sun Dec 22, 2013 14:56:03

Half a million people across war-hit Syria have been wounded, many of them lacking access to basic healthcare and treatment, the International Committee for the Red Cross says.

Millions have also been displaced inside Syria, ICRC chief Magne Barth said in a statement on Sunday, according to AFP.

"At least half a million people have been wounded across the country and millions remain displaced," he said.

"The wounded are often not cared for properly and the chronically ill often do not receive the treatment they need," Barth added.

The ICRC urged again the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militants to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all people affected by the 33-month conflict.

"Our staff are still not allowed to enter besieged areas to deliver aid, including much-needed medical supplies, to all people in need whoever they may be," said Barth.

The UN World Food Program (WFP) said on Monday that half of Syria's population of around 23 million is "food insecure" and nearly a third needs urgent assistance.

"Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is food insecure and close to 6.3 million people need urgent, life-saving, food assistance," WFP said in a statement.

The ICRC said a harsh winter that hit the region earlier than expected this year has added to the "misery" of millions of Syrians displaced internally and refugees sheltering in neighboring countries.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that more than 126,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in mid-March 2011 and millions more forced to flee their homes.

The ICRC says 32 volunteers who worked for the Syrian Red Crescent are among the dead.

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