For international aid groups based in other countries, look for local watchdog organizations to assess a charity’s trustworthiness, such as the U.K.’s Charity Register and Ireland’s Charities Regulator.

International charity groups are assessing the needs of the region. The United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday that Syria is in urgent need of heavy machinery to remove debris, cash distribution, tents, heating equipment and emergency food. Hospitals need medical material including blood bags, bandages and medicines, OCHA added.

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