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UN calls on both sides to allow aid through in Syria

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UN calls on both sides to allow aid through in Syria


Intense fighting has continued in the Syrian city of Aleppo as the daily battles between rebels of the Free Syrian Army and government forces make life for civilians there intolerable.

Residents risk their lives when leaving their homes in the search for food.

The Syrian Red Crescent is said to be delivering aid to some areas on the outskirts of Aleppo but mainly the fighting needs to stop before the real quantities needed can get through.

In Damascus the UN’s Valerie Amos who is the organisation’s emergency relief coordinator has begun a three day mission to try to persuade both sides to respect international humanitarian laws.

“We have a situation where there is an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Three months ago, we thought that there were about a million people who were in need of assistance. We’re now having to revise that number to about 2.5 million,” said Amos.

Others are fleeing the 17-month long conflict. Displaced Syrians are pouring into Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Overall the UN has registered over 155,000 refugees but the true figure is thought much higher as thousands fail to come forward for fear of reprisals upon their return home.

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