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Syria's civil war has inflicted such carnage in Damascus that three quarters of homes have been damaged in some districts and more than 90 percent of residents say they need help to survive, Reuters reports.
The United Nations agency UNRWA, which supports Palestinian refugees, said it questioned more than 500 people about living conditions in four districts of Damascus where it operates. Over half said their homes had been damaged and three areas on the outskirts of Damascus - Yarmouk, Douma and Sayida Zeinab - recorded damage at between 72 to 79 percent, according to a U.N. survey released on Wednesday.