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Four million in Syria in dire need of aid: UN

Published on Feb 20, 2013 12:59 AM

GENEVA (AFP) - More than four million people inside Syria are in desperate need of aid, up sharply from 2.5 million in September, the United Nations said on Tuesday, urging a rapid political solution to the crisis that has claimed at least 70,000 lives.

"We are watching a humanitarian tragedy unfold before our eyes," Ms Valerie Amos, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told reporters in Geneva.

Speaking after the seventh Syrian Humanitarian Forum bringing together different UN aid providers, she said the meeting had been heavily focused on "securing access to the millions of Syrians who desperately need help".

She said access was especially difficult in the opposition-held north, lamenting that the regime in Damascus was continuing to block UN agencies from bringing aid across the border from Turkey, forcing them to carry it across the battle lines instead.

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