1.5 million Syrians in urgent need of food, medicine, house: Brahimi

2012-11-13 16:05:24 GMT2012-11-14 00:05:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CAIRO, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and Arab League joint special representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said here Tuesday that nearly 1.5 million people in Syria are in an urgent need of food, house and medical services.

Brahimi made the statement during an Arab-European foreign minister meeting held in Cairo, Egyptian official MENA news agency reported.

"There are about 2.5 million Syrian people affected by the crisis, and the number is predicted to increase by the end of this year, according to the UN estimate," he said.

The international envoy also said there are about 395,000 Syrian emigrants to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and North Africa, noting that this number may increase to 710,000 by the end of this year.

He noted that 67 percent of the public hospitals in Syria were impaired and 29 percent are out of service, and some 2,000 Syrian schools were damaged because of the war.

"The UN put forward a plan to raise 488 million U.S. dollars to help the Syrian refugees," he added.

Arab and European foreign ministers met Tuesday at the AL headquarters in Cairo to discuss the latest development in Syria and the Palestinian issue. About 43 Arab and European countries took part in the meeting.

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