Middle East

  • More than two years of fighting in Syria's civil war has damaged some 9,000 state buildings and run up $15 billion in losses to the public sector, a government minister said on June 30, 2013, shining a light on the devastating toll the crisis has taken on the country's economy.
  • Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, left, arrives for a meeting with EU and GCC ministers to discuss the deepening crisis in Syria, June 30, 2013.
  • In this June 29, 2013 citizen journalism image, Syrian rebels inspect the rubble of damaged buildings due to a surface-to-surface missile launched by Syrian forces in Aleppo, Syria.
  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns speaks during a press conference at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, July 1, 2013. Burns denounced Monday that Hezbollah for its involvement in Syria's civil war.
  • A Free Syrian Army member is seen behind sandbags at a checkpoint during a siege on the Kurdish city of Afrin, which is under the control of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in the Aleppo countryside June 30, 2013.
  • A Syrian rebel fires his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad near Aleppo International Airport, July 2, 2013.
  • Homes are seen destroyed by Syrian government airstrikes and shelling in the neighborhood of Karam Tarab near Aleppo International Airport, July 2, 2013. (Citizen journalism image)
  • Free Syrian Army members rest with their weapons on a lookout point beside the Shi'ite villages of Nubbul and Al-Zahraa that they plan to siege in Aleppo countryside June 30, 2013.
  • A Free Syrian Army member inspects goods that were confiscated at a checkpoint during a siege on the Kurdish city of Afrin, which is under the control of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), in the Aleppo countryside June 30, 2013.
  • A view is seen of the Shi'ite villages of Nubbul and Al-Zahraa that the Free Syrian Army plans to siege in the Aleppo countryside June 30, 2013.

Syria in Crisis

Published July 01, 2013

It is estimated that more than 100,000 people in Syria have been killed in more than two years of war. Millions of people are displaced inside Syria and well over 1.5 million refugees have sought asylum in neighboring countries.


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