EU pledges 560 million euros for Syria refugees

At the fifth annual conference to keep Syrian refugees from starvation, EU Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told participants that the European Union sought $4.2 billion for people inside Syria and $5.8 billion for refugees and their hosts in the Middle East.

Some 24 million people need basic aid, a rise of four million over the past year and the highest number yet since a crackdown on pro-democracy protesters by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 led to civil war.