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UN Seeks $8.4B for Syria Refugees      12/18 06:27

   The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next year to help 
nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.

   BERLIN (AP) -- The United Nations is seeking more than $8.4 billion for next 
year to help nearly 18 million people affected by the war in Syria.

   The U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Antonio Guterres, said Thursday 
that people who have been displaced within Syria "have exhausted their savings 
and resources" while nearby countries faced with a refugee influx "are at 
breaking point."

   Some $2.9 billion of next year's requested funding is aimed at addressing 
needs inside Syria, giving aid and shelter to 12.2 million people.

   The U.N. wants $5.5 billion to help refugees outside Syria and bolster host 
countries. The aim is to help nearly 6 million people in total and it's working 
on projections that there will be up to 4.27 million refugees in countries 
neighboring Syria in a year's time.


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