UN: More than 13 million Syrians need aid and protection

UN: More than 13 million Syrians need aid and protection

The United Nations is estimating that 13.5 million people in Syria, including more than six million children, are now in need of humanitarian assistance and some form of protection.

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council that this represents an increase of 1.2 million people in just 10 months.

He said violence in Syria has created “one of the largest displacement crises of modern times”.

Mr O’Brien said there are now some 6.5 million people who have fled their homes and are displaced inside Syria, while 4.2 million have fled the country.

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