LONDON (Sputnik) — Some 167,000 people lost their lives in armed conflicts around the world in 2015, according to the institue.
"Global conflict fatalities totalled 167,000 in 2015: 50% took place in #MidEast & #NorthAfrica; 21% in #LatinAmerica. Death toll in #Syria fell in 2015 to 55,000; deaths rose in #Turkey, #Egypt & Yemen—to 2,000, 3,000 & 7,500 respectively," the IISS wrote on Twitter, announcing the media launch of the report.
As the number of refugees rose from 33 million in 2013 to 46 million in mid-2015, the IISS called for increased pressure to be exerted on conflicting parties to prevent a further rise in the number of people fleeing war and to ensure humanitarian aid deliveries to conflict-torn regions as well as demanding more political effort be applied to trying to settle open conflicts.
According to the IISS, in 2014 conflicts across the globe claimed 180,000 lives.