$28m donated for Syria refugees in UAE

December 22, 2013 - 6:03:06 am
ABU DHABI: An Emirati campaign to raise funds for Syrian refugees faced with harsh winter conditions in camps in neighbouring states has raised almost $28m, the Red Crescent announced yesterday. 

Red Crescent chief Mohammed Atiq, quoted by state news agency WAM, said a Friday-Saturday telethon organised by local television collected Dh102m ($27.8m). The United Nations on Monday appealed for a record $12.9bn in global emergency aid, half of which is for victims of Syria's war, which has displaced millions both within the country and across its borders.

The oil-rich UAE, like its Gulf neighbours, has come out in support of the opposition battling to oust Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. AFP
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