Reuters KHALIL ASHAWI
The United Nations will urge international donors to pledge up to $ 10 billion today, Tuesday, to help Syrians fleeing the civil war in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fifth annual conference to prevent Syrian refugees from famine, hosted by the European Union, will request 4.2 billion dollars for aid inside Syria and 5.8 billion dollars for refugees and host countries in the Middle East.
About 24 million people need basic aid, an increase of four million during the past year, the highest number so far since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in 2011.
“The deterioration of living conditions, the economic downturn and COVID-19 are now leading to more hunger, malnutrition and disease. There is less fighting but no peace dividends,” Mark Lowcock, the UN coordinator for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, said in a statement.
Sergey Vershinin, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, said on Monday that the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria is being monitored only, in areas not under the control of Damascus.