UN prepares to respond to Syria's humanitarian crisis

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Syrian children seek shelter in doorway: UNICEF

The United Nations plans to mobilize $180 million to fund humanitarian operations inside Syria.

A draft humanitarian response plan prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says one million Syrians were in need of urgent assistance in the country.

The Syrian authorities are yet to approve the response plan.

Speaking in Geneva, the Director of Operations at OCHA ,John Ging , regretted that the delay in approving the plan was causing more and more Syrians to suffer needlessly.

Mr Ging said the empathy shown by the international community to the Syrian people must now be translated into an effective humanitarian response.

"The needs are food assistance, for people who are displaced, medical supplies, non-food items as we call them, kitchen sets, for people who have had their homes and houses destroyed, and then of course cash assistance for families who are people who've lost their homes or seeking refuge and protection from the conflict itself. What the government of Syria has agreed is that there is a serious humanitarian need and that there is urgency for humanitarian action."

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