UNHCR urges donors to approve extraordinary funds to help Syrian refugees

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Antonio Guterres

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres on Wednesday urged donors to approve extraordinary funds to help Syrian refugees and host countries.

Speaking during his visit to Jordan where he met with senior government officials, Mr. Guterres said the Syrian refugee crisis is not just any crisis and requires a special mechanism of support.

He said "there is no way this can be funded by normal humanitarian aid budgets".

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Eduardo Del Buey has more.

"António Guterres warned of devastating consequences – for both the Syrian people and for regional stability – if funding levels do not rise. While in Jordan, the High Commissioner held meetings with King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. The country hosts more than 450,000 Syrian refugees. Mr. Guterres said that even though the growing refugee population was straining Jordan socially and economically, it had been a pillar of regional stability and had a remarkable record of helping refugees prior to this current crisis." (32")

UNHCR says there are now more than one million Syrian refugees in the region.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has warned that at the current outflow rate, the number of Syrian refugees could hit the three million mark by the end of the year.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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