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UK doubles funding for Syria crisis

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UK pledges £50m in new British funding to deliver food, medical supplies and medical care to people across Syria and the region.

The UK has more than doubled its funding to the Syrian refugee crisis, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Speaking from an emergency conference in Kuwait, Ms Greening warned that the conflict is placing an impossible humanitarian and financial toll on Syrians and on neighbouring countries. The conference- hosted jointly by the State of Kuwait and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon- follows an unprecedented $1.5 billion UN appealto help people displaced by the on-going Syrian crisis.

The UK is set to pledge £50 million in new British funding. With the £21 million announced on Saturday from Jordan, the UK has now more than doubled its funding for Syria in under a week in response to rapidly escalating needs.

The £50 million announced in Kuwait today will help to deliver food, medical supplies and medical care, shelter, safe drinking water and sanitation services to hundreds of thousands of people across Syria and the region.

Full details of this announcement on the Department for International Development website.