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$22 billion in worldwide humanitarian spending in 2013

The United States was the world's largest donor, followed by the United Kingdom and Turkey.

By Ed Adamczyk
$22 billion in worldwide humanitarian spending in 2013
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jacques Mason, U.S. Marine Cpl. Zachery Stapf, help offload an injured Filipino civilian out of a Marine C-130 Hercules aircraft at Villamor Air Base, in the Philippines. as they assist in relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Hiyan. UPI/Codey Underwood/USMC | License Photo

BRISTOL , England, June 24 (UPI) -- Worldwide spending on humanitarian relief reached $22 billion in 2013, spurred by natural disasters and internal military conflicts in several countries.

Support by governments -- $16.4 billion of the total -- was 24 percent higher than in 2012, and private donations increased by 35 percent, according to the preliminary estimates of the British research firm Development Initiatives.

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Grouped by country, the United States contributed $4.7 billion as the largest donor, followed by the United Kingdom with $1.8 billion and Turkey -- largely because of its care of over 700,000 Syrian refugees -- with $1.6 billion.

The Syrian conflict was the cause of $3.1 billion in humanitarian aid.

Financial figures for the calculations came from 75 non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and Red Cross and Red Crescent agencies. The full report will be released in September.

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