UN: Half of Syrian population will need aid by end of 2013

The United Nations has said it estimates that 10.25 million Syrians, or half the country's population, will need humanitarian aid by the end of this year.

It also estimates that the cost of this aid will top $5 billion (£3.2bn) this year.

The announcement comes as the UN launches the largest fundraising appeal in its history.

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Syrian refugees need $5bn aid

The UN has launched its biggest ever aid appeal for Syria as the scale of the refugee crisis continues to escalate. Aid agencies need over $5bn to fund their operations in and around Syria until the end of the year, the UN said.