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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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Assad's brother 'lost leg' in Damascus attack

Maher al-Assad (left) with his brother President Bashar al-Assad Credit: Reuters

The brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad lost a leg in an attack on the security cabinet in Damascus in July, a Western diplomat told Reuters.

"We heard that he (Maher al-Assad) lost one of his legs during the explosion, but don't know anymore"

The news was confirmed by a Gulf source, who said "He lost one of his legs. The news is true."

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