UN team "shocked" by what it sees in two Syrian cities

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Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR

A team of United Nations humanitarian agencies says that it was shocked by what it has seen in two Syrian cities affected by the more than 20 months of conflict in the country.

The team of seven agencies, led by John Ging, Operations Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), first visited Homs.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky says that on Monday morning the team crossed conflict lines into the city of Talbiseh.

"The visit was coordinated with both the Government and the opposition. The delegation, which is in Syria to assess humanitarian needs and identify ways to increase access to people in need in all areas of the country, said it was shocked by what they saw in Talbiseh and Homs. The delegation met with people in dire need of food, healthcare and access to clean water. They also met children, who have been particularly affected by the fighting and urgently need psychosocial support and access to school."  (29")

Meanwhile, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says that average daily arrivals of Syrian refugees in Jordan have increased over the past 30 days.

It says that January has seen the highest average arrivals with 730 refugees per day compared to the past six months when about 500 Syrians arrived in Jordan each day.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'32"

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