A Syrian refugee hangs her laundry to dry at an informal tented settlement in the Jordan Valley.
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Four years after the Syrian uprising-turned-war began, the humanitarian situation is dramatically deteriorating and international powers have offered a painfully inadequate response, observers say.Criticizing the international community, the report – co-signed by more than 20 humanitarian and human rights organizations – highlights that the situation both inside Syria and for refugees outside the country has markedly worsened since the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 2139 in early 2014, which demanded action to ensure that civilians were protected and aid access was increased.Aside from nearly 4 million registered refugees, in the past year an additional 2.5 million people, including over a million children, became displaced inside Syria, a 26 percent increase on 2013, the report states.Some 12.2 million people – representing two-thirds of the population within Syria – are in need of emergency assistance. In its own report also released Thursday, UNICEF highlights that the war in Syria has affected 14 million children across the region, with the situation most acute for the 5.6 million who remain inside the country, including around 2.6 million who are no longer attending school.
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