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The Figures You Should Know About Syria

A HUFFINGTON POST GRAPHIC THE FIGURES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SYRIA n March 2011, thousands of Syrians took to the streets to protest against the regime of President Bashar I Assad. More than two years later, the country has descended into civil war, leaving at least 100,000 people dead and forcing more than 2 million to flee their homeland. As the United States and its international allies debate whether to hit Syria's regime in the wake of a chemical attack in Damascus on August 21, HuffPost World takes a look at a few facts and figures that help put the Syrian crisis into perspective. Official refugee camps Refugees to bordering nations (as of September 9, 2013) 463,885 Chemical facilities TURKEY 11 A Hasakah Aleppo Mediterranean ┼×ea Raqqa Idlib Every day Latakia 5,000 Deir al-Zour Baniyas Syrian refugees Euphrate Tartus cross into Homs SYRIA Iraq. LEBANON 731,675 Damascus IRAQ 177,858 ISRAEL Dara'a 519,676 JORDAN 30 MONTHS OF WAR IN SYRIA Syria is roughly the size of Washington state. The death toll from the Syrian conflict is roughly the size of the population of Green Bay, The number of people internally displaced is equivalent to the entire state of Kentucky upping and moving somewhere else. Wisconsin. SYRIA: 71,499 sq. miles WASHINGTON: 71,300 sq. miles SYRIA: 100,000 GREEN BAY: 104,000 SYRIA: More than 4,250,000 KENTUCKY: 4,380,415 High unemployment, increasing food prices and low wages all contributed to Egypt's revolution. With a population younger than developed countries, Syria will likely struggle even after the war, as an entire generation of youth could spend years in battle, rather than contributing to the country's economic future. 50% Ages: 10-14 1 15-24 1 25-54 1 55-64 1 65+ 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% EGYPT SYRIA U.S. JAPAN IRAN SWEDEN ISRAEL If the U.S. chooses to strike Syria, it will likely use a Tomahawk cruise missile. These missiles have been used since 1991 during the Gulf War, and most recently in 2011 when they were fired against Libya. Costs of living are skyrocketing in Syria, where the inflation rate is 37 percent, the third worst in the world. And, the longer the war drags on, the worse inflation will likely grow. Price tag for each $1.5M Tomahawk WINGSPAN: 8'9" missile SOUTH SUDAN 79% BELARUS 59% WEIGHT: 2,900 Ibs. SPEED: 550 mph RANGE: 1,500 miles LENGTH: 18'3" SYRIA 37% THE HUFFINGTON POST Sources: U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit, CIA World Factbook, U.S. Census, The Nuclear Threat Initiative, The United Nations Refugee Agency, U.S. Navy s River

The Figures You Should Know About Syria

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In March 2011, thousands of Syrians took to the streets to protest against the regime of President Bashar Assad. More than two years later, the country has descended into civil war, leaving at least 1...

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