UNICEF Strikes Deal to Expand Syria Relief Efforts

Created: 2012-10-09 11:31 EST


On Monday Anthony Lake the director of UNICEF said the aid agency had stuck an deal with Syria to expand its humanitarian operations across the country.

[Anthony Lake, Director of UNICEF]:
"We have actually increased our staff in Syria, we're hoping to establish some local offices in various areas of Syria, and as I said we've expanded the number of local partners that we are working with, and so I think we have an opportunity, if we can seize it, to save a lot of lives and improve the situation."

Lake, who was visiting a refugee camp in Jordan said the deal allows the U.N. agency to go beyond its Damascus operations to reach needy Syrians in areas of conflict.

The UN says the 18 month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule has killed approximately 30,000 people. There are no figures on the number of children who have died.