Attacks on civilians in Syria "unrelenting" says Secretary-General

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This little girl escaped Syria with her family and is now in an overcrowded camp in the town of Harmanli, 50 kilometres from the Turkish-Bulgarian border, UNHCR/D. Kashavelov

Attacks on civilians and their homes in Syria are "unrelenting" according to the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Speaking in Kuwait at a pledging conference for humanitarian aid for the region, Ban Ki-moon said that he was "especially concerned that the sides are using violence against women and girls to degrade and dehumanize their opponents."

The civil war in Syria has been going on for three years and has led to the deaths of over 100,000 people.

More than 11 million people are in need of humanitarian aid both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

The United Nations has appealed for $6.5 billion to manage the crisis in 2014, the largest appeal it has ever made.

Secretary-General Ban thanked Kuwait for its pledge of $500 million, while appealing for "strong international support to meet what he described as "massive humanitarian needs."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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