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UN humanitarian chief says 'record' aid for Syria crisis still can't keep up with rising needs

  • U.N. humanitarian chief  Stephen O'Brien, right, greets Syrian refugees who fled civil war in their country, in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien, right, greets Syrian refugees who fled civil war in their country, in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.N. humanitarian chief  Stephen O'Brien, center, visits with Syrian refugees who fled civil war in their country, in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien, center, visits with Syrian refugees who fled civil war in their country, in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Syrian refugee children look from their tent during a visit by U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien to the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    Syrian refugee children look from their tent during a visit by U.N. humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien to the Zaatari Refugee Camp, near Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. O'Brien said the international community has sent “record amounts’’ of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it’s hard to keep up with rising regional needs. Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the international community has sent "record amounts" of aid to alleviate the fallout from the Syria crisis, but that it's hard to keep up with rising regional needs.

Stephen O'Brien spoke Saturday from the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Some 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, most moving to neighboring countries. Millions others are displaced within Syria. U.N. officials say aid money received so far covers 38 percent of the $7.4 billion requested for 2015.

O'Brien saying funding gaps are widening because of protracted conflicts, "even though we are securing record amounts of funding, record amounts of political will and support." He did not specify if funding has increased since migrants started flooding into Europe in recent weeks.