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UN humanitarian chief: '2.5m Syrians need help'

16 August 2012 Last updated at 16:34 BST

The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has warned that 2.5m people in Syria are in need of aid.

Speaking during a visit to Damascus, where she met officials including Prime Minister Wael al-Halki, Baroness Amos repeated her call to the Syrian government to ease restrictions on organisations seeking to help with the aid effort.

Amos said the number of Syrians in need of help had more than doubled in the past five months.