“If the violence continues unabated, we could, in the short term, see considerably more than the current four million in need of urgent assistance and more than two million internally displaced in Syria,” the spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Jens Laerke, told a news conference in Geneva. Organizations are struggling to reach more people, in more places, with more aid, but lack of access is still a major obstacle,” he added.
The UN and its partners are expanding local partnerships outside of the more than 70 local groups now working on the ground in Syria to reach more needy people. OCHA has also urged the Government of Syria to allow more international non-governmental organizations, which could be potential partners, into Syria.
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