Over 320,000 displaced in Syrian conflict: UN

Geneva, July 5: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Thursday warned that 320,000 people have been displaced by increased hostilities in southwest Syria while another 750,000 risk being caught in the crossfire. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said he was gravely concerned for the welfare of civilians and humanitarian aid workers in Daraa province, a region of opposition-held Syria on the Jordanian border. The border is currently closed but it has been the scene in recent weeks of an escalating government campaign of airstrikes and artillery fire, Efe news reported. “An estimated 750,000 lives are in danger. More than 320,000 people are now displaced. (IANS)