UN, NGOs revise appeal for Syrian refugees

U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations increased Thursday (June 28) its funding appeal for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.

They are now requesting $193 million from the international community under the revised Syria Regional Response Plan. The money will support 185,000 Syrian refugees and help provide technical advice to the Turkish government. Turkey currently hosts some 33,000 Syrians, according to a U.N. press release.

The revised appeal will cover the period from March to December 2012. It follows the surge in refugees in recent months, which now number to more than 96,000 Syrians, according to the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian agencies estimate the figure to reach 185,000 by year’s end.

The original $84.1 million appeal in March is only 26 percent funded, UNHCR Regional Coordinator for Syrian Refugees Panos Moumtzis said in the press release.

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