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U.N. ramps up help for 200,000 displaced in Syria

Syrian refugees sit outside their makeshift tents in Atme village in the northwestern province of Idlib, bordering Turkey, on September 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GIORGOS MOUTAFIS

GENEVA: The U.N. refugee agency says it is scaling up emergency operations for 200,000 people inside Syria who have been displaced by fighting and need medical care, shelter and schools.

Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says its hotlines have been getting tens of thousands of calls for help and its teams have been handing out household items and counseled people at 29 shelters around Damascus during the past two weeks.

The agency says it also is helping well more than 200,000 refugees in neighboring countries who have fled the bloodshed in Syria.

 

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