UN: 1 out of every 3 Syrians displaced by civil war
DAMASCUS (AP) - Seven million Syrians, or almost one-third of the population, have been displaced by the country's civil war, the head of the United Nations refugee agency in Syria has disclosed.
Mr Tarik Kurdi told The Associated Press on Monday that 5 million of the displaced are still in Syria while about 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries. He said 2 million children are among those directly affected by the war.
Mr Kurdi said UN assistance has been a "drop in the sea of humanitarian need" and that the funding gap is "very, very wide". International donors have sent less than one-third of the money needed to help those displaced by the war, he said.
More than 100,000 Syrians have been killed since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted in 2011.