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Iraq fighting boosts need for refugee aid

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Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian aid chief, says there are now 800,000 Iraqi refugees alone. (Source: FOX) Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian aid chief, says there are now 800,000 Iraqi refugees alone. (Source: FOX)

GENEVA (RTV/FOX) - As the fighting in Iraq spreads, the United Nations says it's getting harder to help the victims of the war next door in Syria. The head of humanitarian relief says the Syrian government's making it hard to get aid into Syria.

And making things even harder is that the Sunni Muslim terror group which controls part of Syria and now part of Iraq, too.

"What is reported to me in terms of our ability to have greater access and movement is that in the last couple of weeks that has actually become more difficult, not easier because of some of the administrative arrangements which are currently being put in place,'' said Valerie Amos, the United Nations humanitarian aid chief. "In terms of the impact on aid to Syria right now, I think it's too soon to tell, of course one of the border crossings that we have been looking at as a possibility of getting aid from Iraq into Syria is one of the border crossings that is now controlled by ISIS as a result of the recent action so we would need to look at that. But at the moment we have a major concern about how we can deal with the huge amount of displacement that we have seen in the last few days just as a result of the fighting in Mosul.''

The U.N. says about 800,000 Iraqis are refugees.

More than 2 million Syrians are refugees inside their own country and in neighboring states.

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