UN: Syria Death Toll Tops 100,000
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced that the continuing conflict in Syria has claimed over 100 thousand lives.
“The conflict is now continuing for almost two-and-a-half years. More than 100,000 people have been killed. Millions of people have either been displaced or become refugees in neighboring countries. We have to bring this to an end,” Ban said at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The UN chief was making the comments in the UN headquarters alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.
the two men told reporters that there could be no military solution to the 28-month-old conflict in Syria.
“There is only a political solution. And that will require leadership in order to bring people to the table,” Kerry said.
Ban also appealed for fresh efforts to convene a peace conference on Syria.
The comments came on the same day that a car bomb reportedly killed at least ten people – and injured dozens more – on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus.
The blast is said to have happened in a square in Jaramanah. The religiously-mixed area is home to both opponents and supporters of President Bashar al-Assad.