EU, US pledge more than $1 billion to tackle Syria’s crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United States have pledged a combined  $1.2 billion dollars in aid to help tackle the humanitarian and economic crises deepening in Syria amid the coronavirus pandemic. The annual pledging event that continued Tuesday was co-hosted by the EU and the United Nations. Syria’s civil war has entered its 11th year without a political solution in sight. The decade of bloodshed has killed more than a half million people and sparked a refugee exodus that has destabilized neighboring countries and impacted Europe. The U.N. says 13.4 million people in Syria need assistance. That’s a 20% increase from last year.