More than 12 million people in Syria -- nearly half of whom are children -- are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance before winter sets into the war-torn country, an international aid group said Friday. Robert Mardini, regional director for the Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said in a statement that after nearly five years of conflict, Syrians lack even basic resources, as temperatures are starting to fall below freezing. 'The humanitarian situation in Syria is catastrophic and deteriorating day by day,” Mardini said. “The people are facing a bitter winter ahead and they have very few resources...the situation is nothing short of critical for many, many people.'
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