There is no end in sight to the violence in Syria and the humanitarian situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. On 7 June 2013, the UN in Geneva published its assistance plans for Syria and neighbouring countries for the second half of 2013. The UN and its partners have requested USD 4.4 billion to alleviate suffering. Switzerland intends to add CHF 20 million to the CHF 30 million already provided for the victims since the beginning of the conflict in Syria.
The UN describes the Syrian conflict as the fastest escalating refugee crisis of the last 20 years. Some 1.6 million Syrians have already sought refuge outside of the country. The UN expects the number of refugees to reach 3.5 million by the end of the year. The crisis has so far claimed 80,000 lives and 6.8 million people are dependent on humanitarian aid in Syria.
In total USD 4.4 billion is needed for the various UN aid programmes: USD 3 billion has been estimated for the programmes in neighbouring countries and Egypt, and 1.4 billion for the people in Syria. The ICRC has also increased its assistance plan for 2013 from CHF 68 million to CHF 130 million.
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