Funding required for "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Credit: OCHA/D.Palanivelu

The UN is making the largest ever appeal for funds for what is being called an "unprecedented" humanitarian response in Syria.

Donor countries and organisations are gathering in Kuwait for a pledging conference which is due to take place on Wednesday.

The United Nations is asking for $6.5 billion in 2014 for the more than 11 million people who have been affected by the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Jens Laerke is a spokesperson for the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) which is attending the conference.

"We are trying to raise funds for a humanitarian response which is almost unprecedented. We have more than nine million people in need inside Syria; we have 2.3 million people who have fled the country and who are refugees in the neighbouring countries."

The warring parties in Syria have been urged to call a ceasefire ahead of key peace talks that are due to take place next week in Montreux, Switzerland.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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