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    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR id=trHeadline><TD class=articleTitle vAlign=top>UN warns of 'humanitarian tragedy' in Syria

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    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2013 10:00

    UN agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in Syria, as an estimated four million people there are in need of assistance.

    UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the rebel-held north of Syria remained largely out of reach of aid operations, even though they had been stepped up elsewhere in the country torn by civil war.

    "We are watching a humanitarian tragedy unfold before our eyes," Amos told a news briefing on Tuesday. "We must do all we can to reassure the people that we care and that we will not let them down."

    The Syrian government still refuses UN convoys entry from Turkey into northern Syria, as most border crossings are controlled by the rebel Free Syrian Army, she said.

    Four million Syrians were deemed in need of aid late last year, but the situation has deteriorated since due to shelling, inflation, and shortages of food and medicine, Amos said.
    The UN says that about 70,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in March, 2011.


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