Kuwait Gives $250 Million to Syrian Relief Aid

Funds would go to UN agencies as well as private groups.

Unofficial refugee camp in Jordan.
An unofficial camp for Syrian refugees on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan. AP

Kuwait is donating $249.5 million to the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies to help relieve the Syrian crisis.

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced Monday that the funds would go to UN and international agencies and private groups.

The recipients include the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees ($100 million); the World Food Program ($35 million); the UN Children's Fund ($34 million); the World Health Organization ($10 million); the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees ($15 million); the Office of the Coordination Humanitarian Affairs ($3 million); the UN Development Program ($2.5 million); and the International Organization for Migration ($5 million).

OCHA said Kuwait was also donating another $45 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross and to various private relief agencies.