UN: 7 Million People Need Urgent Aid in Syria Conflict

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KUWAIT CITY — Some seven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid due to the conflict in Syria, a U.N. top official said Tuesday, saying $4.4 billion (3.3 billion euros) is needed this year.

Of those in urgent need, more than 2 million have taken shelter outside Syria, while more than 4 million people have been displaced within the country, said U.N. Emergency Relief coordinator Valerie Amos.

"We are doing what we can but it is not enough," she told a conference in Kuwait, adding that U.N. agencies have 1,000 staff on the ground, mostly Syrians.

She highlighted a wide hole in the funds available for humanitarian aid to the victims of the Syrian conflict.

"We need a total of $4.4 billion for Syria and neighboring countries just for this year. So far we have raised $1.84 billion of that," Amos said.

"The challenge we face is that the increased financial requirements for Syria could imply diverting funds from other very serious crises around the world," she said.

More than 110,000 people have been killed since the rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad erupted in March 2011, according to activists.

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