Syria and its neighbouring countries going through a humanitarian crisis on a scale rarely seen: Amos

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UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos

Syria and its neighbouring countries are going through a humanitarian crisis on a scale we have rarely seen.

That assessment comes from UN Emergency Relief and Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos.

She says the fighting is having a terrible impact on ordinary people; neighbourhoods have been shelled indiscriminately and entire towns have been besieged.

According to Ms. Amos, "over 100,000 people have been killed; more than four million have been displaced internally. And we have reached the two million mark in terms of people who have fled Syria and are in neighbouring countries as refugees".

“More than one-third of the people of Syria urgently need humanitarian aid, but the crisis is affecting everyone with the depreciation of the currency and the destruction of essential infrastructure including health facilities. Here in Lebanon and in the other countries surrounding Syria, the refugee crisis is having a very damaging effect on the economy, on the social structure and on host communities. Inside Syria, protecting civilians is paramount. The rise in the level of sectarian and sexual violence and ongoing human rights abuses are a major concern.”

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos says despite the very difficult and dangerous conditions, humanitarian aid organizations are committed to continuing their work.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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