UN launches aid appeal for Syrian humanitarian needs

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Syrian refugee A Syrian refugee child eats food that her mother collects from rubbish on August 18, 2014, at Eminonu in Istanbul. Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic

As the civil war in Syria continues, the United Nations is asking for more aid to supply growing needs, both inside and outside the country. The situation is so bad, the U.N. has launched its biggest appeal ever, asking for more than $6 billion. CCTV America’s Alaa Ebrahim reports.

UN launches largest aid appeal ever for humanitarian needs in Syria

As the civil war in Syria continues, the United Nations is asking for more aid to supply growing needs, both inside and outside the country. The situation is so bad, the UN has launched its biggest appeal ever, asking for more than $6 billion. CCTV America's Alaa Ebrahim reports.

Trucks were on their way into the unknown, into the heartland of rebel held areas in Syria.  The trucks were full of aid to supply displaced people in the northern countryside of Edlib, right near the Turkish border.

The U.N. says 10.8 million Syrians across the country are in need of help, a task that is exhausting the resources of the government and the international community as well.

In Damascus, the aid keeps flowing in. The latest is over 20 million Chinese Yuan, or $3.25 million, to the Syrian Red Crescent : the country’s largest local humanitarian aid organization.

“The aid we receive today will be in the form medical supplies, and we thank the Chinese government for its help. I assure you that the aid will reach every area in Syria, even tense areas or areas under the control of gunmen.” – Abdul Rahman Al-attar, Head of the Syrian Red Crescent

The Chinese ambassador in Damascus signed a memorandum of understanding that stipulates how the new shipment will be distributed.

“The Chinese government is following up on the situation and is trying to help in various ways and this batch will further ease suffering. We call on all parties to commit to Security Council Resolution 2165 regarding the humanitarian situation and we call upon everyone to ensure the delivery of aid.” -Wang Kejin, Chinese Ambassador, Damascus

Delivering aid in Syria has been no easy task. One aid convey in Homs city earlier this year came under a shower of mortars. Other incidents have claimed the lives of more than 30 aid workers across the country.

The new batch of aid is just a fraction of the humanitarian needs in Syria. The war has turned the country into the largest consumer of humanitarian aid in the world.