Any movement of refugees into the West Bank would need the consent of Israel.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry had no comment.
The battle to bring down the Assad regime has forced some 3 million Syrians from their homes, according to a new estimate. Cold, wet winter weather is making life increasingly difficult for the displaced. Among those who left their homes are more than 500,000 who fled to neighboring countries.
In Geneva, the United Nations refugee agency appealed to international donors for $1 billion to support Syrians in neighboring countries and Egypt. Additionally, the U.N. is also appealing for more than $500 million dollars to help people inside Syria who have been driven from their homes during the civil war.
The new appeal is based on planning estimates that up to one million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013.
‘‘Unless these funds come quickly, we will not be able to fully respond to the lifesaving needs of civilians who flee Syria every hour of the day—many in a truly desperate condition,’’ said Panos Moumtzis, the agency’s regional coordinator for Syrian refugees.
Associated Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, and John Heilprin in Geneva, Switzerland, contributed to this report.