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UN heads say Syria aid needs 'largely unanswered'

This file photo released on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by the anti-government activist group Lens Young Homsi, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings damaged by Syrian government air strikes and shelling, in the Jouret al-Chiyah neighborhood of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Lens Young Homsi, File)

GENEVA: The directors of five United Nations agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for $6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored.

With only $1.2 billion pledged, the agency heads are renewing their December appeal and emphasizing that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating by the day as the 3-year-old civil war escalates in many areas.

The December appeal "has gone largely unanswered" for a crisis affecting 9.3 million people, said a joint statement Wednesday by U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, UNICEF director Anthony Lake, U.N. refugee commissioner Ant?nio Guterres, World Food Program director Ertharin Cousin and World Health Organization director Dr. Margaret Chan.

They say "the worst days seem yet to come" for civilians remaining in Aleppo, Homs, and other areas with heavy fighting.

 

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