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Syria and its fleeing people

Theo Sakellarides

Kevin Morales, Editor

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As we all know about the constant struggle that is happening in the Middle East, especially Syria. At the beginning, it started with Syria. In March of 2011, many Syrian rebels broke out into the streets of Damascus in massive protests. The Syrian Armed Forces were sent to control the outburst of violence that both the Syrian protesters and the Syrian Armed Forces were causing. This led to one Syrian armed soldier to open fire killing one protester. Afterwards, the Syrian Armed Forces opened fire on the protesters killing masses of people.

In July of 2011, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched or the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to resign for his war crimes on the people of Syria. The people wanted him to answer to his actions and pay the price; he did just that when he launched a chemical attack on hundreds of demonstrators. It was known as the Ghouta chemical attack; many of the streets were unsafe as they were still contaminated with the Ghouta chemical. The physical affects mimicked that of being exposed to nerve gas, including suffocation; constricted, irregular, and infrequent breathing; involuntary muscle spasms; nausea; frothing at the mouth; fluid coming out of noses and eyes; convulsing; dizziness; blurred vision; and red and irritated eyes, and pin-point pupils.

Mainly the elderly and the children were the targeted victims; there have been reports of the initial attack being launched near a school that was in session. In the initial attack, more than 3,600 civilians were treated with symptoms of a powerful nerve agent within three hours of the attack. Unfortunately, 80 innocent people died from the Ghouta attack and 103 were killed at the Moadamiya attack. On September 4th more than 734 people have died in the attack on the Zamalka neighborhood.

This has caused one of the biggest flows of refugees since WWII, with more than 4,123,098 people trying to escape Syria.

Lebanon- 1,172,753 people

Jordan- 629,254 people

Turkey- 1,938,999 people

Iraq- 249,726 people

Egypt- 132,375 people

This is not to mention the hundreds of thousands of people that have been unaccounted for in fleeing the nation at war.

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