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US pledges additional $380 million to Syria war victims, particularly children

The United States will send $380 million in additional aid to victims of Syria's bloody civil war, much of it designated for children in need of health care, education and emotional counseling.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the new funding brings America's humanitarian aid contribution to Syrian victims to $1.7 billion since the war began nearly three years ago.

Half of the money — $177 million — will go to U.N. programs for victims still in Syria. The rest is for neighboring nations that have taken in an estimated 2.3 million refugees who have fled the country.

Kerry's announcement comes during a international fundraising conference in Kuwait on Wednesday.

The U.N. estimates at least 9.3 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance as a result of the war.