More aid is needed for Syrian refugees: Ban Ki-moonListen /
All Member States are being urged to ramp up assistance to the countries and humanitarian agencies helping Syrian refugees.
The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a visit to the Islahiye refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Mr. Ban said the numbers of Syrian refugees have tripled since July and keep growing.
Unfortunately, he added, international assistance is not keeping up with needs.
"The Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan is only 50 per cent funded — the Regional Response Plan even less so. I call on all Member States, especially countries in the region, near the region, to ramp up assistance – both to the affected countries around Syria who are bearing the brunt of the refugee burden, and to the humanitarian agencies working on the ground."
The Secretary-General thanked the government of Turkey for its generosity in helping the more than 135,000 Syrian refugees in the country.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.