UN estimates 3.6 million Syrian refugees by end of 2014

04/07/2014 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): The conflict in Syria will have created 3.6 million Syrian refugees by the end of 2014 – one million of them in Turkey, the United Nations estimates. Presenting an updated 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan in the UN headquarters at Geneva on Friday, Simon Ingram, UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Chief of Communication, said: “There are 10.9 million people inside Syria in need of humanitarian aid and 5.1 million of them are children.” “There are currently 2.9 million Syrian refugees and 1.49 million of them are children. Ingram added that UNICEF required $770 million for its projects, but was facing a $487 million shortfall as the organization had received only $283 million from donor countries. – ‘Dramatic consequences’ UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming called on donors to fund a $3.74 billion program for Syrian refugees across Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, warning of dramatic consequences if the shortfall continued. ..





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