UN says one million Syrians need aid
Anne Barker, Middle East correspondent
At least one million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid because they have been injured or forced out of their homes during the year-long conflict, the United Nations says.
A UN team has been in Syria to assess humanitarian needs as the violence continues into a second year.
They met Syrians directly affected by the violence, including many who were wounded, and families who have been displaced.
They estimate at least one million people need aid including food, medical assistance, bedding and blankets.
The UN notes civilians are also in need of protection and education.
The report comes as Arab leaders debate the crisis at a special summit in Iraq.
The meeting is the first to be held in the country for more than 20 years.
Only 10 leaders from the Arab League's 22 member-states were present at the landmark talks.
They debated ways to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to make good his promise to accept a peace plan designed to stop the violence.
Some Gulf states - namely Qatar and Saudi Arabia - supported a proposal to supply arms to rebel groups
But Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, has warned such a plan would lead to a wider proxy war in the region.
As the Arab summit began in Baghdad, Syrian forces continued their military assault of key rebel held areas.
More than 20 people were reportedly killed across Syria in 24 hours.