Syrian men sit outside a damaged mosque in the desert town of Al-Qaryatain on October 29, 2017, after regime forces retook it from Daesh fighters. AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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More than 13 million people inside Syria still need humanitarian assistance and nearly half are in "acute need" as a result of having fled their homes, of hostilities, and of limited access to food, health care and other basic needs, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday."This is a particular setback for efforts to check one of the world's largest polio outbreaks in recent memory, an outbreak which continues to plague Deir al-Zor in particular, with new cases continuing to be reported," Lowcock said.He said nearly 3 million people continue to live in besieged and hard-to-reach areas where the U.N. faces "considerable challenges" in meeting humanitarian needs.
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