Britain has vowed to double its aid to £50 million to help deal with the humanitarian disaster caused by the crisis in Syria. The UN Secretary General has talked of the "unrelenting horrors" in the country.
The £71 million promised this week, combined with £68.5 million in existing funding, means the UK is now providing £139.5 million. The International Development Secretary urged other donors to follow:
I saw for myself the human cost of this conflict and the massive effort by NGOs to deal with huge numbers of refugees.
Warm words alone won’t help those without food, medicine or shelter. The UK has more than doubled its funding in the last five days as the level of need spirals - but international donors must now dig deep in Kuwait with the funding needed to save lives and assist neighbouring countries which are having to cope with huge numbers of refugees
– Justine Greening, International Development Secretary
The UN's Syria appeal is its biggest ever short-term appeal. It says it needs $1.5 billion to help people displaced by the conflict.
Ban Ki-moon talks of 'unrelenting horrors' in aid appeal
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his condemnation of the ongoing violence in Syria, as he appealed for more aid to address the situation, which he said was "catastrophic, and worsening by the day."
Speaking at a donor conference in Kuwait he said:
"How many more people will be killed if the current situation continues? The situation in Syria is catastrophic and getting worse every day. Every day Syrians face unrelenting horrors."
"I appeal to all sides and particularly the Syrian government, to stop the killing ... in the name of humanity, stop the killing, stop the violence."
UN-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN Security Council that the Syrian President may be able to cling to power for now but that the country is, "breaking up before everyone's eyes," diplomats have told Reuters.
Speaking behind closed doors Brahimi reportedly told the 15-nation strong council that, "the Syrian regime's legitimacy has been seriously, probably irreparably damaged."
This comes as families begin to identify the bodies of at least 65 men and boys who were reportedly found dead near Aleppo.
The men were apparently shot in the head with their hands bound.