UN aid chief says 2.5 million in Syria need help

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UN aid chief says 2.5 million in Syria need help

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Supplies as basic as bread are becoming increasingly scarce in Syria as violence rages.

Every day, people jostle outside the only bakery still serving the town of Suran, north of Aleppo.

On the ground in Syria, the UN’s humanitarian chief said the situation for civilians had deteriorated since her previous visit in March.

“Over a million people have been uprooted and face destitution,” Valerie Amos told reporters in Damascus.

“Perhaps a million more have urgent humanitarian needs due to the widening impact of the crisis on the economy and on people’s livelihoods. Back in March, we estimated that a million people were in need of help. Now as many as 2.5 million are in need of assistance and we are working to update our plans and our funding requirements.”

With growing needs for health care, shelter, food, water and sanitation, especially for the most vulnerable, Amos appealed for international donations.