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Wednesday
Apr172013

UN Warns Humanitarian Aid to Syria Is in Jeopardy

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations is now worried that it might have to soon stop humanitarian aid to people affected by the war in Syria unless the violence quickly comes to an end.

Some of the assistance to help increasingly starving and wounded masses of Syrians could be suspended within the next few weeks, the leaders of five U.N. agencies are warning.

The U.N. officials said in a joint statement that their "capacity to do more was diminishing, due to security and other practical limitations within Syria as well as funding constraints."

As a result, the statement went on to say, "The international community needs to find a political solution to this conflict before the human carnage grows and grows from a crisis to what is already becoming a catastrophe."

The stark warning was signed by top officials from the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, the World Food Program, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N. Children's Fund and the World Health Organization.

While exact figures are impossible to ascertain, it's estimated that well over 70,000 people have died during the two-year-long conflict in Syria, with five million displaced by violence and one million of that group having to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

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