Over 4 Mln Flee Syria Due to 4-Year Civil War – UN Chief

© AP Photo / Abdullah al-YassinIn this Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 photo, a Syrian woman stands amid the ruins of her house which was destroyed in an airstrike by government warplanes a few days earlier, killing 11 members of her family, in the neighborhood of Ansari, Aleppo, Syria.
In this Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 photo, a Syrian woman stands amid the ruins of her house which was destroyed in an airstrike by government warplanes a few days earlier, killing 11 members of her family, in the neighborhood of Ansari, Aleppo, Syria. - Sputnik International
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More than 4 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes due to the ongoing civil war in their native land, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday.

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – According to him, 60 million people across the globe are currently refugees that represents a tough challenge for all countries of the world, including the Middle Eastern and European ones.

"The single crisis in Syria — it has generated; it has driven more than four million people to other countries. It is causing great challenges to many countries like Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq," Ban told reporters.

© AP Photo / Seivan M. SalimA Syrian refugee woman hangs laundry on a fence at an informal tented settlement in Irbil, northern Iraq.
A Syrian refugee woman hangs laundry on a fence at an informal tented settlement in Irbil, northern Iraq. - Sputnik International
A Syrian refugee woman hangs laundry on a fence at an informal tented settlement in Irbil, northern Iraq.

Inside Syria, nearly 8 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, he added.

"Twenty five per cent of the Lebanese population is now Syrian refugees. There are more than 2 million refugees in Turkey, 1.5 million in Jordan, 300,000 in Iraq, and some in Northern Africa, Egypt," the UN chief stressed.

Syria has experiencing the violent civil conflict since 2011, with government forces fighting anti-government rebels as well as extremist groups, including the Islamic State.

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