The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday (June 28th) to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria.
"Around 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children. Most are entirely dependent on life-saving humanitarian assistance," Panos Moumtzis, Syria Regional Refugee Coordinator at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was quoted as saying by AFP.
The refugee agency asked for $193.1 million, more than twice what was asked for in March.
The increase reflects the fact that the number of refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries has also doubled since March to 96,000, Moumtzis told reporters in Geneva.
By the end of the year, 185,000 people are likely to need help, he said.
The need for money is urgent, since increasing numbers of refugees are coming forward to seek help, "arriving with nothing but their clothes" in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, said Moumtzis.
At least 69 people, including 38 civilians and 23 soldiers, died on Thursday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
According to the Observatory, at least 149 people were killed on Wednesday, one of the bloodiest days of the conflict so far.
Three people were wounded when two bombs exploded near Syria's Palace of Justice in Damascus, Syrian state media reported.
Meanwhile, Turkey deployed missile batteries, tanks and soldiers to its border with Syria, almost a week after Syrian air defences shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom jet, Turkish media reported.