UN says Syria crisis worsening

2015-10-27 22:03
Displaced Syrian children sit at a makeshift school set up in a tent provided the UN in the Daraa area. (AFP)

Displaced Syrian children sit at a makeshift school set up in a tent provided the UN in the Daraa area. (AFP)

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New York - Syria's humanitarian crisis is worsening, with about 13.5 million people now in need of aid, including six million children, the UN aid chief said Tuesday.

Stephen O'Brien, the UN humanitarian affairs under secretary general, told the UN Security Council that there had been an increase of 1.2 million people in need of aid over the past 10 months.

Of the 680 000 migrants that have crossed the Mediterranean this year, over 50% are Syrian.

"They have a right to asylum without any form of discrimination," he said.

Some 6.5 million Syrians are displaced inside the country and 4.2 million have fled abroad in what O'Brien described as "one of the largest displacement crisis of modern times".

More than 240 000 people have died in the war, now in its fifth year.

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