Monday, 31 December 2012 20:41

Syrian crisis triggers massive UN aid appeal

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If any doubt lingered that the crisis in Syria was grave and getting worse, the decision by the United Nations to launch its biggest aid appeal to date has doused it.

The UN, which estimates it will need $1.5bn (£0.9bn) to slow a "dramatically deteriorating humanitarian situation" in Syria, made the plea for aid in unusually strident terms.

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