About 40% of Syria’s People Need Humanitarian Aid, BBC Says

About 9.3 million Syrians, or 40 percent of the country’s population, need aid, the BBC reported, citing United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos.

The figure has risen by 2.5 million people since September, the BBC reported, citing remarks by Amos to the UN Security Council.

More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict pitting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels seeking to end his rule.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the joint UN and Arab League envoy on Syria, will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov, as well as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, in Geneva today as part of efforts to convene peace talks to resolve the crisis.

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