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    The Syrian civil war has now forced 2million refugees to flee the country, it was revealed today.

    The UN High Commissioner for Refugees described the conflict as 'the great tragedy of this century' as he laid bare the scale of the suffering it has caused, with more than 1million children forced out of their homeland.

    In addition to those who have left Syria during the two-and-a-half-year war, 4.25million people have been displaced within the country.

    In total, around a third of the population have been forced to leave their homes, meaning the conflict has prompted the world's biggest refugee crisis.


    Crisis: More than 2million Syrians have now fled the country and been forced into refugee camps like Zaatari in Jordan



    Giant: The Zaatari camp has ballooned to such a huge size that it is now Jordan's fifth-biggest city



    Disaster: The humanitarian crisis caused by the war is the worst since that seen in 1990s Afghanistan




    President Bashar Assad has warned that a Western military strike in response to last month's chemical weapons attacks could provoke a regional war.

    UN special envoy Angelina Jolie said the world is 'tragically disunited' on how to end the bloody conflict, which has so far cost more than 100,000 lives, but must do more to help its victims.


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    'The world risks being dangerously complacent about the Syrian humanitarian disaster,' the Hollywood actress said. 'The tide of human suffering unleashed by the conflict has catastrophic implications.
    'If the situation continues to deteriorate at this rate, the number of refugees will only grow, and some neighbouring countries could be brought to the point of collapse.

    'The world is tragically disunited on how to end the Syria conflict. But there should be no disagreement over the need to alleviate human suffering, and no doubt of the world's responsibility to do more.'


    Leaving home: Some of the 2million Syrians who have been forced to flee their homeland thanks to the civil war



    Youngsters: More than half of the 2million refugees are children less than 17 years old



    At the border: A total of more than 6million people have been displaced within Syria or forced to leave the country




    High Commissioner Antonio Guterres said: 'Syria has become the great tragedy of this century - a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.

    'The only solace is the humanity shown by the neighbouring countries in welcoming and saving the lives of so many refugees.'

    More than 97 per cent of Syria's refugees are hosted by countries in the immediate surrounding region which urgently need massive international support to help them deal with the crisis, the agency said.

    With an average of almost 5,000 Syrians fleeing into neighbouring countries every day, the need to increase significantly humanitarian aid and development support to host communities has reached a critical stage, it added.

    By the end of August, 2million Syrians had applied to register as refugees - including 716,000 in Lebanon, 515,000 in Jordan, 460,000 in Turkey, 168,000 in Iraq and 110,000 in Egypt.

    More than half - 52 per cent - of the refugees are children aged 17 or under


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