(UNHCR) – Nearly six years since the start of the Syria conflict, United Nations agencies and NGO partners on Tuesday appealed for US$4.63 billion in funding to meet the growing needs of Syrian refugees that have fled the fighting, as well as the struggling communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The funding is designed to provide lifesaving support to more than 4.7 million Syrian refugees, the vast majority of whom live below the poverty line and face a constant struggle to pay for food, rent and health care. Assistance is also needed to help ease the burden on local communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, where the protracted crisis has placed a huge strain on limited resources, infrastructure and vital services