UN appeals for US$ 1.5 billion as the Syrian crisis worsens.

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

The number of Syrians affected by the on going civil war has now topped four million according to United Nations aid agencies.

The agencies say number of Syrians who have fled the country into Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt is expected to double over the next six months to reach  one million, while  2 million will be internally disaplced.

The United nations says it will require over US $ 1.5 billion over the next six months to provide humanitarian assistance to the growing number of displaced Syrians.

One billion US dollars will be needed to support Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries while US$ 519 million will be needed to support the internally displaced.

United Nations Regional humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Radhouane Nouicer said the conflict has become increasingly brutal and indiscriminate and is exacting a heavy toll on the Syrian population countrwide.

"The violence in Syria is raging and there are nearly no more safe areas where people flee to and find safety, as most parts of the country have now become engulfed in violence including the capital Damascus. And above all this the increasing desperation among the people of Syria who continue to pay the heavy price of this conflict. The response plan that we have submitted to the consideration of governments today is essentially focused on life saving activities, food shelter, health water and sanitation. All these four sectors take over 80 per cent of the total budget."

United Nations Children's fund UNICEF says half of those displaced by the Syrian conflict were children.

Patrick Maigua United Nations radio Geneva.

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