Civil War Has Cost Syria $388b in Damage

Civil War Has Cost Syria $388b in DamageCivil War Has Cost Syria $388b in Damage

A United Nations agency says Syria’s seven-year-long civil war has cost the country $388 billion in economic damage. UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) says it estimates the cost of the material destruction—damage to roads, infrastructure, homes and other physical objects—is $120 billion, ABC reported. It says the cost of lost productivity—or losses to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—is $268 billion. The agency convened a two-day conference in Beirut of Syrian and international experts to discuss Syria’s reconstruction on Tuesday and Wednesday. Monitoring groups say at least 400,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war. More than 11 million others—or half of Syria’s pre-war population—have been displaced from their homes, according to the UN, including more than five million who have been made refugees abroad.


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