International donors meeting in Brussels have pledged $6 billion in aid for Syria, the European Union has reported.
EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Styliandes said on April 5 that the amount was "an impressive figure" and noted that the commitments were only for 2017.
"Our conference is sending a powerful message," Styliandes said. "We are not letting down the people of Syria."
The EU-organized conference focused on raising pledges to help Syrians displaced by the six-year civil war and to boost international pressure for a political solution to the conflict.
Last year’s conference in London raised pledges worth $12 billion, $6 billion for 2016, and a further $6.1 billion for the 2017-20 period.
More than 300,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced by the fighting between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to oust him.
The Brussels conference concluded one day after the world was outraged by an apparent chemical-weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib Province. Western governments accuse Assad’s forces of carrying out the attack, which left about 70 people dead and dozens injured.