BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's civil war is unleashing a "staggering humanitarian crisis" on the Middle East as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee violence including gang rape, an international aid agency said on Monday.
Rape and other forms of extreme sexual violence in Syria, often committed in front of family members, is a major reason for increasing numbers of people to flee their homeland, the International Rescue Commission said.
DAMASCUS (AFP) An air strike on a rebel town near Damascus on Monday killed 13 women and children, a watchdog said, fuelling growing international calls for a war crimes probe into the 22-month Syrian conflict.
(CNN) -- Sharifa lost her foot when the Syrian jets swooped down and fired missiles at the house. Now the hijab-clad girl sits jaded in a dirty, hardscrabble displaced persons camp near Turkey, growing up fast, confused and far from home.
The Middle East faces a "staggering" humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, an aid agency says. With more then 600,000 Syrians having fled the country, the International Rescue Committee is calling on the outside world to step up its response.