Syrians refugee children break their fasting on June 20, 2015 in Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, during the holy month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
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United Nations aid agencies said Thursday that a $4.5 billion appeal to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015 was less than a quarter funded, putting millions of vulnerable people at risk, and had already led to cuts in vital assistance.The shortfall has meant 1.6 million refugees have had their food assistance cut this year and 750,000 children are not attending school, the agencies and partner organizations said, calling on countries to deliver on their pledges.An additional $1 billion is intended to help regional countries hosting refugees.The appeal predicts that there will be 4.27 million Syrian refugees in the region by the end of 2015 and the funds also aim to assist more than 20 million local people in communities hosting refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
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