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UNICEF calls for end to 'dire' situation in Aleppo

  • UNICEF representative in Syria Hanaa Singer, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The representative of the U.N. Children agency is calling for an immediate end to the violence that has beset the northern city of Aleppo, saying UN agencies are on "standby" to deliver needed assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    UNICEF representative in Syria Hanaa Singer, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The representative of the U.N. Children agency is calling for an immediate end to the violence that has beset the northern city of Aleppo, saying UN agencies are on "standby" to deliver needed assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • UNICEF representative in Syria Hanaa Singer, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The representative of the U.N. Children agency is calling for an immediate end to the violence that has beset the northern city of Aleppo, saying UN agencies are on "standby" to deliver needed assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

    UNICEF representative in Syria Hanaa Singer, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The representative of the U.N. Children agency is calling for an immediate end to the violence that has beset the northern city of Aleppo, saying UN agencies are on "standby" to deliver needed assistance. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In This April 21, 2014, file photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man holding a girl as he stands on the rubble of houses that were destroyed by Syrian government forces air strikes in Aleppo, Syria. The implosion of diplomatic talks with Russia has left the Obama administration with a series of bad options for what to do next in Syria. Despite harrowing scenes of violence in Aleppo and beyond, President Barack Obama is unlikely to approve any risky new strategy before handing the civil war over to his successor early next year.(AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC, File)

    FILE -- In This April 21, 2014, file photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man holding a girl as he stands on the rubble of houses that were destroyed by Syrian government forces air strikes in Aleppo, Syria. The implosion of diplomatic talks with Russia has left the Obama administration with a series of bad options for what to do next in Syria. Despite harrowing scenes of violence in Aleppo and beyond, President Barack Obama is unlikely to approve any risky new strategy before handing the civil war over to his successor early next year.(AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC, File)  (The Associated Press)

UNICEF's representative in Syria is calling for an immediate end to the violence that has beset the northern city of Aleppo, saying UN agencies are on "standby" to deliver needed assistance.

Hanaa Singer of the U.N.'s children agency tells The Associated Press Saturday conditions in besieged Aleppo are "terribly dire," with hospitals hit, doctors overwhelmed, and over 100 children killed in bombings since Sept. 10.

Singer returned this week from the government-held part of Aleppo where she was visiting thousands of displaced Syrians. She said some have been displaced up to six times in the last three years.

Singer says U.N. plans are in place for government-held Aleppo to accommodate residents that may evacuate the besieged part of the city if a cease-fire takes effect.