Economic effect of Syrian war at $35 bn: World Bank

Some 260,000 people have been killed in the five-year conflict, which has forced 4.6 million people to leave the country, according to UN figuresThe devastating economic impact of the war in Syria and its spillover into nearby countries stands at $35 billion and climbing, the World Bank said. The estimate, included in a quarterly World Bank report on the Middle East and North Africa, was released on the same day that world leaders in London pledged more than $10 billion through 2020 to help the Syrians. The Syrian war and its effect on Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt “have cost close to an estimated $35 billion in output,” the World Bank said.

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