Syria

UN: 2.5 Million Syrians in Need of Aid

Double the previous number reported by the UN

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About 2.5 million people caught up in Syria's fighting need aid, the United Nations said on Friday, double the number it estimated in June.

The sharp rise was caused by an upsurge in violence over the summer, particularly in the capital Damascus and the country's economic center Aleppo, UN officials said during a meeting with major donors, including the United States and Russia.