UN: One Syrian Refugee Created Every 15 Seconds

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The United Nations statement on humanitarian relief came as international chemical weapons inspectors began a second full day of securing work sites.

More than 1,000 tons of Syrian chemical weapons will be identified and destroyed by mid-2014. President Bashar al-Assad government's ability to manufacture chemical weapons must be scrapped by Nov. 1.

At United Nations headquarters In New York, Sylvie Lucas, Luxembourg's U.N. Representative. said progress on chemical weapons elimination should not prevent the world from meeting the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people.

"We should not forget that conflict is continuing, that the humanitarian situation is ever deteriorating," Lucas said.

More than 2 million Syrians are now refugees in neighboring countries. Five million are internally displaced.

''One refugee is created in Syria every 15 seconds," Gary Quinlan, Australia's U.N. Representative, explained. "Since we've been speaking this morning, there are another 11 refugees."

Each family is in need of food, water, and shelter. Few refugee children attend school. Many internally displaced Syrians are without work because of the fighting.

The United Nation's statement calls on all parties of the conflict to facilitate the swift provision of humanitarian aid.

''This consensus statement clearly calls on all parties to do their utmost to end the violence and stop targeting civilians," U.N. Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said.

There has been no response yet from the Assad regime. An international peace conference on Syria is set for next month.

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