UN Launches $5B Aid Effort for Syrian Victims

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The United Nations launched a record relief effort Friday to raise $5 billion in aid for the millions struggling due to the Syrian civil war.

The UN says the situation there is deteriorating quickly and that the money is needed to fund operation through the end of the year.

In addition, they estimate nearly 7 million civilians inside Syria are in need of aide, as well as more than $10.25 million that have fled to neighboring countries.

They stated that funding for food and medicine is a top priority.

High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the $5 billion funding target was achievable.

"Let's put it into perspective," he said. "It represents what the Americans spend on ice cream in 32 days. It represents what the Australians spend on overseas travel in 10 weeks. It represents what German drivers spend on petrol in six weeks."

The World Food Programme (WFP), a UN agency which has already delivered 500 million meals in Syria to date, predicts its weekly costs will rise from almost $20 million to $36 million by the end of the year.

"We have reached a stage in Syria where some of the people, if they don't get food from the World Food Programme, they simply do not eat," the WFP's Syria Regional Emergency Coordinator Muhannad Hadi said.

"If mothers do not get food on the promised day when we would deliver food, there is nothing for them to give their children. Their children will go to bed on an empty stomach."

Talks on Syria in Geneva between the United States and Russia are slated for July. The nations hope to bring an end to the war.

What are conditions like there for those Syrians who haven't fled? And should Israel be worried that the war will cross the border? CBN News's George Thomas answers these questions and more on Christian World News, June 7, following this report.

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