More than 920,000 displaced across Syria over past four months: UN



The United Nations says more than 920,000 people have been displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level since foreign-backed militancy began in the Arab country seven years ago.

Panos Moumtzis, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, told reporters in the Swiss city of Geneva on Sunday that Syria continued to witness massive displacements of people over the past few months.

"We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria ... From January to April, there were over 920,000 newly displaced people," Moumtzis said, adding, "This was the highest displacement in that short period of time we have seen since the conflict started."

Moumtzis pointed out that most of the newly displaced had been forced on the move by escalations in fighting in the former militant bastion of Eastern Ghouta and within the northwestern province of Idlib, which is largely controlled by various extremist groups.


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