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UN estimates at least 120,000 new people displaced in Syria

October 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. humanitarian officials estimate that at least 120,000 people have been displaced in Syria this month because of fighting.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the people fled their homes in the Aleppo, Hama and Idlib governorates between Oct. 5-22.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that most remain in the three governorates but some have fled to camps near the Turkish border. He said most people in Aleppo moved toward villages and towns in the countryside west of the city.

Dujarric said the displaced Syrians need tents, basic household items, food, water and sanitation services.

He said the U.N.’s humanitarian partners are scaling up their response, and distribution of cooked and ready-to-eat food has started to those displaced in the three governorates but needs to be stepped up.

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