Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the UN said Monday.

'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.

The fresh displacement inside Syria 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 neighbouring countries, according to UN figures.

Moumtzis said most of the newly displaced had been forced on the move by escalations in fighting in Eastern Ghouta and within the northwestern province of Idlib.

'We worry about seeing really 2.5 million people becoming displaced more and more towards the border of Turkey,' he said

Source: National News Agency