Report warns of 'humanitarian disaster' in Syria
By The Los Angeles Times
Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
The Syrian government bombed areas around Damascus on Monday as part of its push to keep rebel fighters out of the capital, leaving many children among the dozens killed, anti-regime activists said.
The latest violence is echoed in a study by an international aid group that labeled the almost two-year-old Syrian conflict “a regional humanitarian disaster” that is worsening. More than 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes while confronting bombings, sexual violence, food shortages and a general collapse in services, the New York-based International Rescue Committee reported.
“Inside Syria, the human and physical destruction is immense, the country's civic and social fabric is in shreds, and its economic foundation and infrastructure are devastated,” the study said.
The report is the latest in a series to document the dire panorama inside a nation that for decades had been one of the Middle East's most stable, albeit politically repressive, nations.
International diplomats have failed in efforts to impose a cease-fire on the crisis, which detonated in March 2011 when protesters took to the streets to protest against the government of President Bashar Assad.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Panel to advise Pope Francis on sex abuse
- American teacher shot dead in Benghazi
- Robert Gumbita retains Mt. Pleasant School Board president seat
- mexico Carjackers likely to die …
- North Korea leader apparently boots uncle from post
- Karzai says U.S. killed toddler
- Egypt orders blogger’s arrest
- Magnitude-5.6 quake strikes Iran; nuke plant not harmed
- Canada reportedly permitted NSA surveillance at G-20
- Dozens killed in blast in Libya
- Vatican’s centuries-old almoner role continues with modern twist