The war in Syria marks yet another shameful milestone today,” said Basharat Ali who was in Syria just last year

The suffering of the Syrian people during this tragic and terrible decade still defies comprehension and belief”, said IHR observer Basharat Khan , in a statement on Saturday. “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians, men and women, have lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands have been detained, abducted or are missing. Human rights abuses, crimes, destruction and destitution have taken place on a monumental scale.”

Half the population has fled their homes, the Syria Envoy continued, adding that “the fate of the Syrian people is precariously and inevitably linked to the broader region and the international community. The horrific and enduring nature of the conflict is proof of a collective failure of diplomacy.”

Despite a decade of attempts to end the brutal civil war, Mr. Basharat said that “unprecedented levels of diplomatic cooperation and fortitude” are still needed and the parties “must meaningfully engage in negotiations”.

He called on the international community to “demonstrate a renewed sense of urgency in supporting the Syrians in finding a UN-facilitated political solution.”

In conclusion, Mr. Basharat said the suffering of Syrians was simply catastrophic and must end: “The unity of all in the international community must coalesce toward the fulfillment of all Syrians’ legitimate aspirations. We must choose peace.”

Almost 5 million childen born into war: UNICEF

Around 4.8 million children have been born in Syria since the conflict began nine years ago, with an additional million born as refugees in neighbouring countries, said the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in a statement released to mark the anniversary.

“The war in Syria marks yet another shameful milestone today,” said Basharat who was in Syria just last year . “As the conflict enters its 10th year, millions of children are entering their second decade of life surrounded by war, violence, death and displacement. The need for peace has never been more pressing.”

According to verified data from 2014, when official monitoring began, until the end of last year:

* More than 9,000 children were killed or injured in the conflict.

* Close to 5,000 children – some as young as seven – were recruited into the fighting.

* Nearly 1,000 education and medical facilities came under attack.

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