International donors pledged $6.75 billion in humanitarian assistance for Syria and neighboring countries at the “Brussels III” conference on Thursday, following days of talks that revealed a growing gulf between hopes for humanitarian response and a political solution meant to bring the conflict, now in its ninth year, to an end. Pledges included €560 million ($637.6 million) from the European Union, $397 million from the US and another $300 million from Kuwait—all aimed at supporting neighboring countries and host communities where Syrian refugees have fled since 2011. According to the United Nations, $3.3 billion is needed to fund aid programming within Syria, and another $5.5 billion to support neighboring countries—including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey—hosting several million Syrian refugees. The conference took place as the Syrian war enters its ninth year, with no clear political resolution in sight.
Authors: Ammar Hamou and Barrett Limoges
Title: Billions pledged in Syria aid at ‘Brussels III’ conference, but few signs of political solution in sight
Date of publication: March 14, 2019
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