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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Appeals for More Aid to Syrian Refugees

Winter Storm Worsening Conditions of Those Displaced by War

JERUSALEM, December 17, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem appealed for an increase in aid for Syrian refugees.

The plea comes as weather conditions worsen in the winter months.

According to Fides News Agency, Patriarch Twal called "for the generosity of all to support the refugee victims of a conflict which has exceeded 1,000 days and of material hardships affecting their lives."

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem explained that after a welcome rainfall following a drought in November, the weather has become much colder, with a snow storm hitting the Middle East. Almost 2 million Syrian refugees are living currently in Jordan and Lebanon, areas that were struck by the storms.

Many Catholic relief agencies are assisting in humanitarian efforts in those countries for those displaced by the ongoing conflict.

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