Updated on February 4 at 12:19 p.m ET
World leaders gathered in London are urging $9 billion aid for the refugees fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war—and British Prime Minister David Cameron said the conference had raised $10 billion.
The donor conference, which began Thursday, is the fourth of its kind for those adversely affected by the conflict that has spawned more than 4.5 million refugees, the vast majority of them living in camps in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. The previous efforts fell short of their stated fundraising goals.
European leaders, who are also dealing with a massive influx of asylum-seekers, many of them from Syria, are among the 30 world leaders from 60 countries who are attending the conference.
The $9 billion being sought from world leaders comprises $7.7 billion the UN wants and $1.3 billion sought by regional governments. Germany and Britain were among the first on Thursday to make financial commitments.
Germany’s pledge is about $2.69 billion; Britain’s about $1.7 billion.