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U.N. official: We have ‘run out of words’ to describe conflict in Syria

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(CNN)– A top United Nations official told the Security Council on Monday that she has “run out of words” to describe the worsening situation in Syria.

“Every time we use a new figure in relation to the Syrian crisis, we say that it is unprecedented, ” Valerie Amos, the U.N. chief for humanitarian affairs said.

“We have run out of words to fully explain the brutality violence and callous disregard for human life which is a hallmark of this crisis,” she added.

Amos described the war zone as one with three combative parties fighting each other with no regard for the thousands of civilians and children caught in the middle.

According to Amos, nearly 200,000 people have been killed and one million injured in the 3-year Syrian conflict.

Officials say the Syrian government has used barrel bombs in densely populated areas, and “arbitrarily detained” citizens to subject them to serious beatings and torture.

Amos says that ISIS has committed “mass victimization” of civilians, including murder, enslavement, rape, displacement and torture.

According to the chief for humanitarian affairs, the U.N. has identified air bombs, car bombs or mortar attacks on or near schools at least 35 times since February, resulting in the death of at least 105 children.

“Even in war, there are rules,” she said.

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