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Too early to judge Syria response to call for immediate humanitarian access, says UN refugee agency
United Nations agencies are hoping to quickly gain more humanitarian access to the millions of people in Syria affected by the civil war raging there following the Security Councilís call two days ago to the Government to immediately allow aid deliveries across the front lines.
But it was still too early to early to judge the Governmentís response to the Councilís call, contained in a presidential statement which also called on all parties in the conflict to agree on humanitarian pauses in the fighting including along "key routes" for relief convoys, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva.
She said UNHCR had so far received just 47 per cent of the $1.5 billion sought to assist the 2 million Syrian refugees driven into neighbouring countries by the conflict, which has also displaced some 4.5 million people internally.
More than 100,000 people have been killed since opposition protesters first sought the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad in March, 2011.
On Wednesday the Council said it was "appalled" by the deepening humanitarian tragedy in Syria. "The magnitude of the humanitarian tragedy caused by the conflict in Syria requires immediate action to facilitate safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance" across the entire country, the 15-member body said in the presidential statement.
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