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The government has said it will donate £50 million in new funding to deal with the humanitarian disaster fuelled by the crisis in Syria.
Today's announcement comes days after the government pledged £21 million to help Syrian refugees in Jordan.
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:
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.
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."
The UN says it needs an additional $1.5 billion to provide urgent humanitarian assistance for four million Syrians inside the country, and for more than 700,000 who have fled the conflict since it began. The UN has received only 18% of the target pledges.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the latest massacre in Syria.
Speaking from Kuwait, he called on all sides "and particularly the Syrian government" to stop the killings, Reuters reports.
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.
Opposition activists have posted a video purporting to show at least 51 muddied male bodies alongside a river bank in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo.
The video, which is too graphic to post, follows a man walking along a river bank past dozens of male bodies with their hands tied and blood coming from their heads.
A video posted on the internet by opposition activists shows bodies lined alongside what they said was the Queiq River in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo.
The Queiq River rises in Turkey and travels through government-held districts of Aleppo before it reaches Bustan al-Qasr.
At least 65 people apparently shot in the head were found dead with their hands bound in an area of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll could rise as high as 80 in what it called a "new massacre".
It was not clear who carried out the killings.