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2.5 million Syrians 'need aid'

United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said 2.5 million people were in need of aid in Syria. She urged government forces and rebels to do more to protect civilians.

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UN: Majority of deaths in Houla 'appear to be result of summary executions'

UN rights spokesman Rupert Colville has said it is "clear" that the Syrian government was involved in shelling the town of Houla, but this resulted in relatively few deaths.

He said that the majority of deaths "appear to have been the result of house-to-house summary executions" by the pro-government Shabbiya militia.

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