UN Secretary-General António Guterres gestures as he attends the annual Oslo Forum, a two day meeting hosted by Norway's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide, in Losby, Norway, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB Scanpix via AP)

UN chief: Highest number of conflicts globally in 30 years

June 19, 2018 - 6:57 am

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general says that the number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005.

Antonio Guterres also says that the number of "violent situations" classifiable as wars, based on the number of casualties, has tripled since 2007.

He also told reporters Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, that "low intensity conflicts" rose by 60 percent since 2007. Guterres gave no specific figures.

Guterres, attending a meeting on peacemaking, said that on top of regional conflicts, global terrorism was a new type of struggle that "can strike anywhere at any time."

The U.N. refugee agency said nearly 69 million people fleeing war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record number.

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