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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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Ban Ki-Moon: Massacre could plunge Syria into civil war

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that massacres of civilians, such as the one perpetrated in Houla last weekend, could plunge Syria into a devastating civil war.

Speaking in Istanbul, he said: "The massacre of civilians of the sort seen last weekend could plunge Syria into catastrophic civil war - a civil war from which the country would never recover."

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