Syrian children play in a bomb crater flooded with water from a broken main in the northern city of Aleppo July 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Fadi al-Halabi)
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The United Nations called for help Tuesday to vaccinate 765,000 Syrian toddlers against polio, in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the childhood killer across the restive Middle East.In 1988, the disease was endemic in 125 countries, and 350,000 cases were recorded worldwide, according to U.N. figures.More than 6.5 million children are now in need of assistance, according to the U.N. agencies, which urged access for aid workers to children trapped in war zones inside Syria.The U.N. agencies said they had completed the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign they had ever undertaken in the Middle East, reaching 25 million children under the age of five.
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