UN Refugee Agency says not enough aid is being delivered to Syria

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With the crisis in Syria now having passed 1000 days, the United

Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that the needs of the Syrian people remain immense and that the amount of aid that the agency has been able to deliver is still nowhere near enough.

Since the start of 2013, UNHCR has brought relief supplies to more than 3 million people in Syria.

Adrian Edwards, Spokesman for UNHCR, says that there is still much more that needs to be done.

"With an estimated 6.5 million people now internally displaced and many more in need of help, we have been working to provide additional support including healthcare to almost a million beneficiaries, legal protection and community services to 155,000 beneficiaries, shelter rehabilitation and financial assistance for the most vulnerable."

Amin Awad, Director of UNHCR's Middle East and North Africa bureau, which leads UNHCR's efforts in Syria, says that the Syrian people are facing one of the harshest winters on record and that emergency supplies to deal with winter conditions are desperately needed.

"We are distributing winterization kits inside Syria but also in surrounding countries. The kerosene, the insulation for tents, the plastic sheeting, the water proofing in collective centres, the cash for fuel and also warm clothing, especially for vulnerable people and children."

UNHCR aid deliveries have recently focused on helping civilians in

Aleppo and Rural Damascus, two areas where the majority of internally displaced people are staying.

Nicki Chadwick, UN Radio, Geneva.

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