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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.

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UN: Syria is 'most challenging' aid operation in decades

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has described the conflict in Syria as "probably the most challenging humanitarian operation in decades".

Speaking at the launch of the UN's largest-ever aid appeal, he said he was concerned that the scale of the need in Syria was too large to be covered by the "traditional aid budgets of donor governments" alone.

The Syria conflict is, without a doubt, the one with the most dangerous regional and global impact on peace and security, and the worst humanitarian consequences, we have faced in a very long time ...

The amounts required are on a scale that is difficult to picture. As I have said many times before ... [it] is painfully clear that traditional aid budgets of donor governments will not be sufficient to cover the enormous needs generated by the Syrian crisis, and that support will have to come from broader funding mechanisms.

– António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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