Syria conflict forcing more people to flee their homes

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Displaced Syrians

As many as 1.5 million people are in need of assistance in Syria, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The organization says those displaced by fighting were finding it increasingly hard to access basic needs such as food, especially bread, while the sick and wounded had limited access to medical services.

ICRC spokesperson Hicham Hassan says women, the elderly and children have been forced to flee some of the worst affected towns leaving behind men to protect their properties.

“When we speak about 1.5 million we speak about people who are directly or indirectly affected by the current situation in Syria. People who need immediately now food, medical services and those people will not just have a one shot assistance, they will need continuing follow-up. In addition to the current situation in Syria there is a problem drought in the north east of the country and those are also people who have been indirectly affected by the current fighting. The fighting is on going between the Syrian army armed groups of the opposition people are still being displaced on a daily basis, this leaves people with a big feeling of fear and anxiety because they do not know what will happen to their children and they don't know what will happen in the future.”

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