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More than 2.5 million people need aid, protection inside Syria: UN

08-31-2012 04:40 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations said here Thursday that more than 2.5 million people are "in great need " of humanitarian assistance and protection inside Syria, and their "most pressing need" is water, sanitation, food, shelter, blankets and health care.

The statement came as UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson was briefing the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which has been plunged into a political crisis since March 2011.

"More than two and a half million people, including the refugees from Palestine and Iraq, are now in great need of the assistance and protection inside Syria," Eliasson said. "This is more than double the number (UN) Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos reported to you in March."

The council meeting was called by France, which holds the rotating council presidency for this month. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Minister William Hague attended the meeting alongside with the foreign ministers of Morocco, Togo and Colombia.

Diplomats said that the 10 other council members, including veto-wielding permanent members Russia, China and the United States, are expected to be represented by their ambassadors or charge d'affaires.

Also present at the open council meeting were foreign ministers from Syria's neighboring countries -- Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, which were not the council members.

Eliasson said that what are urgently needed now is the humanitarian access to the people in need inside Syria, where more and more people are fleeing the 18-month violence into neighboring countries, and the efforts to improve security for the humanitarian workers operating in the Middle East country.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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