According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), a new report by the United Nations shows that around 1 million Syrian have been displaced in the first four months of 2018 due to armed conflicts. This is the lightest number of displacement since the onset of civil war in Syria in 2011.
“We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria. From January to April, there were over 920,000 newly displaced people,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, told reporters in Geneva.
“This was the highest displacement in that short period of time we have seen since the conflict started,” he said.
Moumtzis said as fighting intensifies in Syria it is expected that 2.5 million more Syrians will escape towards Turkey’s borders. It brings the number of people internally displaced in the war-ravaged country to 6.2 million, while there are still some 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, according to UN figures.
Moumtzis said most of the newly displaced had been forced on the move by escalations in fighting in the former rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta and within the northwestern province of Idlib, which is almost entirely controlled by various Jihadist and hardline rebels.
United Nations says more than 13 million Syrians need emergency aids as the country is locked in a destructive civil war. The comments came as scores of civilians including children, killed by airstrikes carried out by Russian and Syrian forces in Idlib recently.