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UN Issues Biggest Appeal Yet for Syria

  • Syrian refugees walk outside their tents at a camp in the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal, Dec. 15, 2013.
  • Syrian refugees carry aid donated by the local municipality near the ancient Roman city of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, Dec. 15, 2013.
  • Syrian refugee Ahmed al-Hasan and his wife Mariam al-Hamed sit inside their tent at a refugee camp near the ancient Roman city of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, Dec. 15, 2013.
  • Syrian refugees transport their belongings after heavy rain at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, Dec. 12, 2013.
  • Newly-arrived Syrian refugees ride a Jordanian military vehicle after crossing into Ruweishid, Jordan, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • A Jordanian soldier helps Syrian refugees after they crossed into Jordanian territory from Syria, near the town of Ruwaished, Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Syrian refugee women stand in line to receive winter aid kits at Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan, Dec. 3, 2013.
Syrian Refugees
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The United Nations is asking for $6.5 billion in aid to help the millions of Syrians forced from their homes by more than two and a half years of fighting.
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said $2.3 billion of that amount is needed for those displaced in Syria.  The rest is necessary to help Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and elsewhere in the region.

Syrian Refugees by Country

  • Lebanon: 909,639
  • Jordan: 596,800
  • Turkey: 594,854
  • Iraq: 217,144
  • Egypt: 133,267

Source: UNHCR
"This is the largest amount we have ever had to request at the start of the year,'' she told a news conference, referring to the worldwide appeal. She said the money requested for Syria was the largest U.N. appeal ever for a single crisis.

"The increasing number of internally displaced people and refugees is generating greater needs across all sectors and straining the capacities of neighboring countries, with profound regional consequences,'' the appeal said of Syria.

UN Aid to Northeast Syria

  • Enough food to feed 30,000 people for one month
  • 50,000 blankets
  • 30,000 sleeping mats
  • 10,000 kitchen sets
  • 10,000 plastic sheets
  • 10,000 jerry cans
  • 10,000 hygiene kits
The United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid by air to Syria from Iraq on Sunday and said it plans to deliver more food, blankets and winter supplies to the mainly Kurdish northeast in the next 12 days. The people in that region are dealing with harsh living conditions due to winter storms that are sweeping the region. The governments of Syria and Iraq approved the flights.

The U.N. is seeking $2.3 billion to help 9.3 million people in Syria next year, compared with its 2013 appeal of $1.4 billion, of which only 62 percent has been received, U.N. figures show.

The U.N. estimates about 40 percent of Syria's population has been forced from their homes by the fighting.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters

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