More than 2 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Over half of them are children. Three years on, the scale of the Syria crisis is still deepening, particularly as winter approaches, leaving relief agencies overstretched and struggling to cope with massive numbers of refugees. Oxfam is now helping half a million people affected by the Syria crisis across Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on Russian TV to confirm that his country's chemical weapons will be placed under international control. His comments, to Rossiya 24, came as US and Russian foreign ministers prepared to meet in Geneva to discuss the plan.