Syrian War in One Minute

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The Syrian Civil War has led the country into an eight-year-long living hell. It all started on March 15, 2011, with demonstration dubbed the Arab Spring, when protesters demanded the President Bashar al-Assad to resign.

In April 2011, the Syrian troops opened fire on protesters all around the country, which soon turned demonstrations into a full-blown rebellion. Civilians and soldiers who left the army led the opposition forces, and a great number of battles started taking place all over the country.

The Syrian government soon received military support from the Lebanese Hezbollah, Russia, and Iran. The opposition, that is, various rebel groups, received military, political, and logistical support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The US, and soon more rebel supporters (the UK, Turkey, Israel, France, and the Netherlands), stepped up in 2013, after finding out that the Assad regime had started using chemical weapons to fight the rebels.

After years of battles, air strikes, and later ongoing peace talks, the war was finally over when the US defeated the last faction under the ISIS rule in Baghouz in east Syria.

According to the latest estimate by the UN Envoy for Syria, the Syrian Civil War claimed 400,000 lives and led to 5 million Syrians seeking refuge abroad, while over 6 million are still dispersed internally. However, the latest Syria’s War death toll shows that more than 560,000 people were killed over the course of the war, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.