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Syria refugee crisis In an effort to grapple with what may become the world’s largest refugee crisis ever, the United Nations has asked for a record-breaking $5.1 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and its neighboring countries.
The number of refugees could reach 3.5 million by the end of this year— more than 15 percent of Syria’s population. 
Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

Syria refugee crisis In an effort to grapple with what may become the world’s largest refugee crisis ever, the United Nations has asked for a record-breaking $5.1 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and its neighboring countries.

The number of refugees could reach 3.5 million by the end of this year— more than 15 percent of Syria’s population. 

Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

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Monitor reporter Scott Peterson reports from the Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin that the rebels are impeding the Syrian Army’s ground progress, pushing them to use more deadly tactics.
READ: Inside Aleppo: Rebels repulse Syrian tanks, civilians dodge shells

Monitor reporter Scott Peterson reports from the Aleppo neighborhood of Salaheddin that the rebels are impeding the Syrian Army’s ground progress, pushing them to use more deadly tactics.

READ: Inside Aleppo: Rebels repulse Syrian tanks, civilians dodge shells

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Reports out of Aleppo indicate that Syrian government troops launching an assault on the city have so far been unable to retake rebel-held neighborhoods there, despite the use of heavy weapons such as tanks and helicopter gunships.

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"Today there is a need for jihad in Syria, a jihad for righteousness. It is a religious duty to help our Muslim brothers in Syria."

Khaled, one of hundreds of Lebanese Sunnis from the northern Bekaa Valley in Lebanon who have taken up arms against the Assad regime in the past year. 

READ: Exclusive: Veteran Lebanese fighter trains new generation of jihadis – for Syria

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Grainy videos depict the violence that has killed at least 6,000 Syrians, but the prospects for international intervention appear dim. Is the world inured to the ubiquitous images?

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