UN runs out of cash on Syrian refugee spending

The United Nations gave its starkest warning yet today that it would soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan and other neighbouring countries.

Marixie Mercado, spokeswoman for the U.N. Children's Fund UNICEF, told a U.N. news conference in Geneva the needs are rising exponentially, and they are ‘broke’.

The number of people fleeing in the world's worst refugee crisis has repeatedly outrun the U.N.'s expectations.

The 1.25 million refugees, three-quarter of them women and children, is 10 percent higher than had been expected by June.

With more than 3.6 million people internally displaced within Syria and no end to the two-year conflict in sight, there is every chance that the exodus could keep growing.