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Funding inadequate to meet increased needs for Syria


WAM NEW YORK: Some four million people inside Syria are likely to need humanitarian aid by early 2013 if current trends continue, according to the latest Humanitarian Bulletin released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Tuesday.



The figure includes almost two million children and adolescents, many of whom are suffering psychological trauma as a result of witnessing violence and being forced from their homes. The number of refugees sheltering outside Syria's borders is also expected to increase to a total of more than 700,000 by early next year.



OCHA said about 710,000 Syrian refugees are expected in neighboring countries by early next year.



The number of Syrian refugees in the region continues to grow and is now close to 408,000 people. By early 2013 the number of refugees is expected to reach about 710,000 people. On 8 November alone, some 9,000 Syrians fled to Turkey following heavy battles between the Syrian Armed Forces and the armed opposition in the border town of Ras Al Ain in Hassakeh governorate. On average, some 2,000 to 3,000 refugees have crossed into neighbouring countries per day over recent weeks. Three-quarters of refugees are women and children, many of whom have suffered unbearable violence and abuse before they could flee WAM/MMYS



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