UN: Syrian aid received covers just 28% of need

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, has said that the amount of money received by aid agencies to date covers just 28% of the estimated demand.

He said the UN estimates that $2.9 billion (£1.9bn) are needed - in addition to $2 billion (£1.3bn) outstanding from earlier pledges - to meet the humanitarian need in Syrian and surrounding countries.

Aid agencies have received just $840 million (£540m) to date.

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