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Number of forcibly displaced in Syria reaches 11mn – UN

Around 11 million Syrians are currently considered forcibly displaced persons, and six million of those have become refugees within the country, Russian Foreign Ministry representative Nikolay Burtsev said on Wednesday. “According to the data we received, currently 11 million Syrians are ‘forcibly displaced persons,’” TASS quoted him as saying. This data was provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, he said. The UNHCR “thinks that their safe return to former places of residence can become a key reason for raising trust and catalyze mass return of refugees from abroad,” according to Burtsev.