The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria, the majority of whom are women and children. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) described the refugees' position as increasingly dramatic even though host countries were continuing to accept new arrivals. "Their situation has become more vulnerable in host countries. What little cash they had is over and they need our help," said the WFP's Daly Belgasmi. Within Syria, the WFP estimates that one million people need humanitarian assistance, of which 850,000 require food aid.