EDITORIAL

Syria, slums, and health security

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Science  28 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6336, pp. 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4083

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The Syrian conflict has been described as a new kind of world war: local conflicts with resounding global consequences. It has accelerated the rise of the terrorist group ISIS, destabilized Europe's open border agreement, and led to the single largest refugee crisis in decades. These factors contribute to an emerging fragility that compounds the humanitarian crisis in Syria but also threatens global health.