UN agencies appealed for 7.73 billion dollars Tuesday to fund humanitarian operations in and around Syria in 2016 as the conflict is soon entering its sixth year.
UN humanitarian and development agencies made the appeal to the international community ahead of a Syria pledging conference in London on February 4.
The money would go towards funding aid operations in and outside of Syria. Just over 4.5 billion dollars are needed to assist the 4.7 million Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries, while 3.2 billion dollars are required to provide humanitarian support to the 13.5 million people displaced or otherwise affected inside the country.
The Syria conference in February "will be an opportunity to shine a light on the human impact of the conflict, particularly on women, girls and young people," said Stephen O'Brien, UN humanitarian chief.
"It will rally support for accountability for abuses against civilians and the failure to protect them. I urge member states to send senior leaders to London to show the world that this crisis has our full attention and commitment."