Four million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria: UN

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A Syrian boy waits with his family at the financial assistance distribution centre in Al Hassakeh – UNHCR/B.Diab

Nearly one in five of the pre-­crisis population in Syria is in need of humanitarian assistance.

The UN estimates that's about four million people.

The UN humanitarian agency says the particularly harsh winter has compounded the suffering of people in need, especially internally-displaced persons living in shelters lacking adequate insulation with no winter clothes and no blankets.

The agency says the lack of fuel and electricity is affecting heating arrangements for the non-displaced population.

The shortage of fuel supplies has been identified as one of the major challenges facing logistics operations due to the limited availability of diesel in the country which oblige authorities in charge of fuel supply to prioritize the diesel supplies to bakeries, hospitals, and schools.

The food security situation is also deteriorating. Three million Syrians are at risk of food insecurity. Recent assessments reveal that a total of 2.5 million people are now in urgent need of food assistance.

It is estimated that wheat production in 2012 for domestic consumption amounted to less than two million tonnes.

Over 60,000 people have been killed since the onset of the crisis. Rocket and bomb attacks in urban centres have been reported, including attacks on residential neighbourhoods, markets and aid convoys.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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