Military Action Will Not End the War in Syria

According to the World Bank, the Syrian conflict has led to more than 500,000 deaths and forced the displacement of nearly 5 million people, more than half of Syrian’s 2010 populations. Additionally, from 2011 until the end of 2016, the cumulative losses in gross domestic product (GDP) have been estimated at $226 billion, about four times the Syrian GDP in 2010, and decades of development gains have been wiped out. Assad’s government has also been accused of using chemical weapons on the rebel held areas. The World Health Organization believes that as many as 500 people may have been affected by the recent chemical attack on the rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta resulting in airstrikes by the United States, France and UK.

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