Reports: Syrian Vice president Shara 'defected'

Al-Arabiya TV is reporting on a statement, said to be in the name of Syrian Vice President Farouk Shara, that claims he has defected.

The statement calls on the army to join the "revolution."

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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.