Humanitarian crisis growing in Syria

The refugee problem alone needs urgent action. More than 230,000 Syrians have fled their homes, with about 30,000 making their way to Turkey and Lebanon. But President Assad has a surprise waiting for these refugees; he's laying landmines at the border. BBC: Activists said that Syria was laying landmines near its borders with Lebanon and Turkey on routes used by refugees. Meanwhile, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says he hopes Syria will reply to his proposals on the crisis on Tuesday. Mr Annan is in Turkey, where he met Syrian opposition figures as part of his peace mission. Separately, Syria has announced a date of 7 May for parliamentary elections. Mr Moumtzis said in Geneva that "on a daily basis hundreds of people are still crossing into neighbouring countries", mainly Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Mr Moumtzis said the rising cost of basic goods was creating increased hardship, in particular for the 110,000 mostly Iraqi refugees living in Syria. He said that 30,000 people had...(Read Full Post)