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Syria Gas Attack Draws UN, Humanitarian Programs Pledges; US Congressman Says US Intervention May Make Situation Worse

by Guenee Salugsugan / Apr 10, 2017 06:39 AM EDT
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Syria, the country that has been under a distressing attack since 2011 has caught the attention of forty-one donors, who recently pledged a combined $6 billion for critical humanitarian programs in 2017. This also includes another $3.7 billion for 2018 during a UN-supported conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

UN Calls For Increased Support For Syria And Other War-Stricken Countries

Syria, including other war-stricken countries, drew the attention of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, given the condition of the people suffering due to the conflict. According to reports, the UN Sec. General called for an increased support for these countries, especially Syria and the millions of people who are seeking refuge beyond the borders as well as for the communities hosting them.

The need for the protection of the people in Syria has never been greater, according to UN Sec. Gen. Guterres. He also added, during the opening session of the Brussels Conference that the UN agencies and its partners are committed to reaching everyone in need through every possible way. Meantime, the pledges made are going to support the protection, resilience-building and humanitarian relief for people in need, including the war-torn country's neighbors that carry the burden from the spillover impact of the crisis, UN.Org reported.

Syria's President Assad Is Not Behind The Attack, According To US Congressman

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie is not convinced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is behind the Tuesday's chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including 11 children. According to Rep. Massie, US intervention may even make the situation worse.

On Tuesday, dozens were killed and over 200 people sustained injuries in a suspected chemical weapon attack in the northern part of Syria. Reports indicate that some US officials and activist groups have linked the tragedy to Pres. Assad and his regime, with US Pres. Donald Trump also citing the Syrian leader's administration, CNN reported. More about Fresh funding pledges for Syrian refugees expected at Brussels conference here:


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