Charities pledge $400 million for Syria aid - report

by Reuters
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 08:55 GMT

DATE IMPORTED:December 31, 2013A Syrian refugee carries boxes of aid at Al-Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria December 31, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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KUWAIT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Non-governmental organisations have pledged a combined $400 million for humanitarian aid for Syria ahead of an international donor conference to be held in Kuwait, the Gulf state's official news agency KUNA said on Tuesday.

The donor conference, which opens on Wednesday, aims to help the United Nations raise $6.5 billion in 2014 to help Syrians inside and outside of the country.

A donor conference last year in Kuwait raised $1.5 billion to help provide food, drinking water and shelter. (Reporting by Sylvia Westall, Editing by William Maclean and Janet Lawrence)

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