UN says 10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

UN says 10.8 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

This citizen journalism image provided by the Local Committee of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment, in Arbeen town, Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 11:33 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has now reached 10.8 million — almost half of Syria's population of 22 million.

Ban's monthly report to the U.N. Security Council circulated late Friday said the current estimate of 3.5 million people living in areas that are difficult or impossible for humanitarian workers to reach is also likely to have increased to 4.7 million people.

"Efforts to expand humanitarian assistance to those most in need have been met with continued delays and obstruction," he said.

The U.N. chief also reported severe levels of violence including intensified use of barrel bombs by government forces against civilian areas, and suicide attacks, reported executions and other acts of terrorism by extremist groups.

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