A Syrian boy stands amid the rubble in Aleppo's formerly rebel-held al-Shaar neighborhood on January 21, 2017, a month after government forces retook the northern Syrian city from rebel fighters. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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The United Nations said on Tuesday it will need a total of $8 billion this year to provide life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians inside their shattered homeland and to refugees and their host communities in neighboring countries.The first part, a $4.63 billion appeal for 5 million Syrian refugees -- 70 percent of whom are women and children -- was launched at a Helsinki conference. A separate appeal for an estimated $3.4 billion to fund its humanitarian operation to help 13.5 million people inside Syria after nearly six years of war, is being finalized.Five countries -- Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt -- host nearly 5 million Syrian refugees, a "staggering number", with few in camps, U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi said.
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