No end to Syrian tragedy, UN-Arab League envoy says
Brahimi made the remarks in New York on Tuesday during a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Syria, which has been facing a foreign-backed insurgency for nearly two years.
“I’m sorry if I sound like an old broken record. The country [Syria] is breaking up before everyone’s eyes… The tragedy does not have an end,” Brahimi said.
Brahimi told the Security Council he was very concerned about an increasing danger of “contamination” which the countries around Syria are facing.
“There might be implications if the crisis continues spiraling. The refugee flow is becoming a matter of controversy in these countries,” he added.
“None of the neighbors is immune to the fallout consequences of the conflict. The region is facing the risk of contamination,” Brahimi noted.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals.
And several international human rights organizations have accused the foreign-sponsored militants of committing war crimes.
On January 14, an international aid agency said the conflict in Syria is causing a “staggering humanitarian crisis” in the Middle East.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said in a 23-page report that more than 600,000 Syrians have fled the country because of violence, including gang rape.
The New York-based organization described the level of rape and sexual violence taking place in the conflict zones in Syria as “horrific.”
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