U.N. voices concern over escalating violence in Syria

New York, Jan 19 (Petra) — The United Nations expressed concern over the escalating violence in Syria on Friday as thousands are living in tents and had no access to food and medicine.

"The communal violence in Syria is increasing as a result of the conflict," U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, Valerie Amos, told reporters, adding that she had met women refugees who were forced to flee from the country for fear about their daughters.

"There are thousands living in the open in tents and have no access to food or medical aid. I’m concerned because four million people in the country need assistance, including two million internally displaced. There are also 650,000 refugees in neighbouring countries, North Africa and Europe," Amos said.

She also said 400,000 of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria had been harmed by the conflict and urgently needed aid.

Amos said relief agencies had not been able to reach millions in need due to administrative hurdles and restrictions on humanitarian access, stressing the urgent need of raising finances to relief efforts in Syria.



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