Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs
Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Syria aid, short of UN needs

International donors on Wednesday pledged an estimated $4.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees in 2018, falling significantly short of the more than $7 billion the United Nations is seeking, ABC reported on Wednesday.

An estimated 450,000 people have been killed in fighting in Syria tyrant regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad cracked down on demonstrations calling for his ouster in 2011.

Last year, the World Bank estimated the damage to the country at close to a quarter-trillion dollars, and large swathes of Syrian's largest three cities, Aleppo, Damascus, and Homs, lay in ruins.

Eight years into the conflict, more than 13 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance and around a quarter of the population is displaced in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

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