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International donors pledge USD 7 billion aid for Syria in 2019: EU

AFP  |  Brussels 

International donors pledged nearly USD 7 billion in for 2019 for civilians caught up in Syria's bloody civil war, the EU said Thursday, but the total fell short of what the UN says is needed.

EU announced the total at the end of a three-day conference in Brussels, on the eve of

The led the pledges with two billion euros, but the conference failed to drum up the USD 9 billion the said was needed to help the millions of Syrians forced to flee the country as well as those facing a humanitarian crisis at home.

Despite the shortfall, UN chief said he was "very pleased with the outcome" but stressed that only a could end the misery endured by Syrians as a result of the war.

Before the conference the UN estimated that USD 5.5 billion (4.4 billion euros) are needed to help the approximately 5.6 million Syrians forced to flee their country, most to Turkey, Lebanon, and

A further USD 3.3 billion is needed for populations inside facing a humanitarian situation described by the agency as "unsustainable".

pledged 1.44 billion euros, almost USD 400 million and Britain some 400 million pounds (464 million euros).

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 23:40 IST