UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called for international efforts to end the Syrian crisis at the first anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on Syria.
On Aug. 21, 2013, a massive alleged chemical weapons attack struck Ghouta, on the outer fringes of Syria's capital Damascus, killing more than 1,400 people, including more than 426 children.
"Since the attack, the Syrian conflict not only continues unabated, but it has spilled over into neighboring countries, sparking a humanitarian catastrophe and fuelling further human rights violations and crimes against humanity," Ban said in a statement, adding that the ongoing conflict is contributing to conditions conducive to the proliferation of terrorism.
Ban called on the international community to help end the Syrian conflict which threatens "regional and international peace and security."
He also conveyed his deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.
The Syrian crisis, which began in March 2011, has killed over 150,000 people, injured more than 680,000 others and displaced at least 6.5 million people. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria.
The conflict has also spawned a refugee crisis in which some 2.5 million people are sheltering in neighboring countries.
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