$28 mln raised in UAE for Syrian refugees
Aid will go to refugees facing harsh winter conditions
An Emirati campaign to raise funds for Syrian refugees faced with harsh winter conditions in camps in neighbouring states has raised almost $28 million, the Red Crescent announced Saturday.
Red Crescent chief Mohammed Atiq, quoted by state news agency WAM, said a Friday-Saturday telethon organised by local television collected 102 million dirhams ($27.8 million).
The United Nations on Monday appealed for a record $12.9 billion 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.