(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A UN report revealed on Wednesday that by the end of 2013, the total economic losses in Syria resulting from the war amounted to USD 144 billion, which equals 276 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010.
According to the latest quarterly report on the socio-economic situation in Syria, prepared by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Syrian Centre for Policy Research, said that damaged capital stock, amounting to USD 65 billion, accounted for 45 percent of the total economic losses, and that agriculture and government services accounted for half of GDP in 2013.
The report added that 54 percent of the labour force is unemployed and 75 percent of Syrians now live in poverty.
In a related matter, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily press briefing that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by phone earlier today to the Director-General of the Organization Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW), Ahmet Uzumcu, to express his solidarity following the attacks yesterday on the organization's team of experts investigating the recent use of Chlorine gas in Syria.
Ban condemned those attacks, voiced his relief that no one was seriously injured, and vowed that the UN would continue to support the "vital work of the OPCW" in the war-torn country.