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Despite seven years of death and destruction, Assad hangs on

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    A child wounded by Syrian government bombardment in Aleppo in 2016 [Rami Zayat/Reuters]

    The leaders of the US, France, and United Kingdom have all but made clear that the air strikes launched on Saturday against Syrian government positions were limited to destroying the country’s chemical weapons capacity.

    That means for the foreseeable future at least Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad seems set to continue his hold on power.

    After seven years of civil war, the Syrian leader presides over a country that is a shadow of its former self.

    Here we look at just how much death and destruction the country has experienced as a result of Assad’s detemination to hold on to the reins of power.

    Death toll

    International organisations have had a hard time keeping up with just how many people Syria’s Civil War has left dead.

    In March 2016, the UN’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, estimated the detah toll to be at around 400,000.

    The number has increased significantly but nobody knows exactly by how much.

    According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, the death toll could be as high as 511,000

    Refugee crisis

    Syria’s population before the start of the civil war stood at around 22 million people.

    In the seven years since more than five million people have fled the country and another six million have become internally displaced, according to the UN.

    The war has contributed to the largest refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War and its effects are widely seen as fueling the rise of the far-right in Europe and the US.


    The war has devastated Syria’s economy and destroyed vast amounts of its infrastructure, including in major commercial centres, such as Aleppo and Raqqa.

    At the end of 2013, the UN estimated that the war had cost Syria $143bn and that was before the rise of ISIL, and US, Russian, and other foreign intervention.

    The Syrian pound has gone from just under 50 to the dollar in 2011 to 511 to the dollar today on official exchange markets.

    Torture and prisons

    Amnesty International estimates that at least 13,000 people were executed by the Syrian government in the first five years of the civil war in one prison alone.

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    Tens of thousands remain missing in Syria with no hint as to their fate.

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