Lack of funds limiting UN response to Syrian humanitarian crisis

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A Syrian woman arrives with her family at the Lebanese border after fleeing their home near Homs.

Over 408,000 Syrians have now crossed into neighbouring countries to escape the violence in their country according to United Nations  agencies.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR says in the last two days, over 11,000 Syrian refugees have entered Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

UNHCR says there were little efforts by both sides of  the conflict to protect civilians leaving them with little option but to flee for their safety.

UN agencies say the Syrian humanitarian and regional refugee response plans remain severely underfunded limiting their ability to respond to the growing needs.

Radhouane Nouicer, is the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria.

"We are still facing major challenges one is access and not access because of administrative hurdles but because of insecurity. And for as long as the parties involved in this conflict do not respect the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian actors' access will continue to be difficult. We are funded for the revised humanitarian response plan at the level of 45 per cent and we are only one month and a half away from the end of the present cycle."  (Duration: 38")

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