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Qatar to donate $50 million for Syrian people

January 16, 2019 at 5:30 am

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani speaks during United Nations 73rd General Assembly in New York, United States on 25 September, 2018 [Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency]

Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has ordered that $50 million be allocated to support Syrian refugees and displaced people, local media reported Tuesday, Anadolu reports.

According to the Qatar News Agency, the donation will be used for Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan as well as displaced people within Syria.

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It added that the Qatar Development Fund, in coordination with the White Helmets civil defence agency and UN agencies, will be responsible for spending the amount in direct humanitarian relief programs.

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.