#AceWorldNews says Western and Gulf Arab nations have pledged more than $2.4 billion for UN aid efforts in #Syria, Reuters reported. The UN announced appeal last month for $6.5 billion in 2014, the largest in the organization’s history. Kuwait’s ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, promised $500 million in new aid at a donor conference, while the US announced a contribution of $380 million. Qatar and Saudi Arabia pledged $60 million each, the EU pledged $225 million and Britain $165 million. Only around 70 percent of $1.5 billion pledged at a similar meeting last year has reached UN coffers.