UN plans aid for 1 million Syrians amid conflict

Confidential UN plan for responding to humanitarian needs prepares plan laying out 46 projects across 11 sectors.

April 26, 2012 17:51
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Syrians demonstrate near Homs [file]

Syrians demonstrate near Homs 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Shaam News Network)

GENEVA - Syria's infrastructure has been significantly damaged in more than a year of conflict, water and electricity supplies have been disrupted and many families cannot meet their basic daily needs, a United Nations mission has found.

A confidential UN plan for responding to humanitarian needs, based on a joint assessment carried out with Syrian officials from March 18-26, was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

The United Nations is preparing a major aid operation and its "Syria Response Plan" forms the basis of a $180 million appeal presented to donor countries last Friday at closed-door talks in Geneva.

More than 9,000 people have been killed in the uprising against President Bashar Assad, who is under international pressure to honor a UN-backed ceasefire that went into force on April 12.

On Thursday, Syria blamed "terrorist" bomb makers for an explosion that

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