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UN seeks $10bilion for Syria as COVID adds to refugee suffering.

The United Nations is seeking $10billion in aid to help Syria, saying civilians there continue to face attacks as well as increased hunger and poverty, as the Covid-19 pandemic highly contributes to the disasters and despair .

The appeal came ahead of Tuesday’s Brussels conference on Syria, an annual event co-hosted by the UN and the European Union.

The money will be fairly distributed ,$4.2billion for the humanitarian response inside Syria and $5.8billion for refugees and their hosts in the Middle East.

The UN said at least 24million Syrians need aid today-a rise of four million over the past year and the highest number since 2011, when president Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters resulted in a brutal civil war.

“It has been 10 years of despair and disaster for Syrians. Now plummeting living conditions, economic decline and Covid-19 result in more hunger, malnutrition and disease. There is less fighting , but no peace dividend,” said UN aid chief Mark Lowcock

source: ALjazeera.

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