U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman walk together following their meeting at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX2AU5R

Saudi Arabia began a fundraising campaign on Tuesday aimed at mitigating the displacement of more than 11 million people after five years of civil war in the neighboring country of Syria. The effort followed ongoing evacuations in Aleppo, one of the most historic cities in the Middle East, where at least 150,000 residents had been trapped in the middle of a war-zone as the region had been all but decimated by Russian, Iranian and Syrian aerial bombardments.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, has ordered a popular campaign to be launched … to provide relief for the brotherly Syrian people,” Saudi Arabian state news agency SPA reported. King Salman reportedly donated 20 million riyals, more than $5 million, of his own wealth toward the fundraising effort, which will allocate donations toward building refugee camps, as well as providing resources for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian …