‘We recognise that the circumstances are very unusual, it is a difficult moment in every country to find the resources necessary to relieve the suffering of the Syrian people,’ UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said [File: Muhammed Abdullah/Anadolu]

International donors have pledged $7.7bn in humanitarian aid for war-ravaged Syria at a virtual conference hosted by the United Nations and the European Union.

While less than the almost $10bn sought by UN agencies, the funding promises on Tuesday were higher than expected, given the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic and shortfalls in other aid appeals, notably for Yemen earlier this month.

“We recognise that the circumstances are very unusual, it is a difficult moment in every country to find the resources necessary to relieve the

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