Kuwait opens Syria humanitarian aid donor conference with $500 million pledge - InfoNews

Current Conditions

0.8°C

Kuwait opens Syria humanitarian aid donor conference with $500 million pledge

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, walks in with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, left, before the start of their meeting at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
January 15, 2014 - 12:09 AM

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait's emir says the Gulf nation is pledging $500 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country's civil war.

Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah made the announcement on Wednesday at the start of an international fundraising conference in Kuwait.

Last year's donor conference in Kuwait raised more than $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid pledges. Much of that came from Western-allied Gulf states.

Humanitarian needs have escalated dramatically since a similar donor conference in the oil-rich Gulf nation last January.

The United Nations warns that more than 9 million people need assistance as the conflict grinds on.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
The Associated Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • Pier 1 closing all of its stores in Canada
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced today that it has entered into bankruptcy protection and is pursuing a sale. The retailer  commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankrupt
  • Vernon's Atlantis waterpark gets a new name
    A popular Vernon waterpark is starting its transformation with a new name. Formerly known as Atlantis Waterslides, the waterpark, located north of the city along Highway 97, has been renamed
  • Killing of 7-year-old girl stokes anger in Mexico
    MEXICO CITY - The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earl
  • Mammoth's tooth found in Williams Lake and preserved for decades by B.C. family
    What was once part of a mammoth-sized smile now is a very old conversation starter in Bryan Johnson's Vancouver home. Johnson's stepfather found a mammoth tooth in a creek at the sou
  • Vernon family captures mesmerizing melting ice
    A Vernon family was on their way home from Kelowna when they made a pit stop after noticing a beautiful scene along Wood Lake. Matthew Royal and his daughters noticed how “cool”
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile