US to give $100m more for Syrian aid

2013-05-09 08:17
 (Phil Moore, AFP)

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Rome - US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to announce on Thursday that the United States will give an additional $100m in humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian civil war.

According to a US State Department fact sheet, this would bring the total US contribution for humanitarian assistance to $510m for those suffering from the violence inside Syria as well as the estimated 1.4 million refugees in the region.

The money will be roughly divided up as follows: nearly $43m for Jordan; $32m for Lebanon; $9.5m for Turkey and nearly $16m to help those inside Syria, according to the fact sheet.

"The United States recognises the significant strains on local populations and the economic impacts of providing aid to refugees, and commends the hospitality of the citizens and governments who are welcoming refugees into their communities," the state department said in the fact sheet.

Among other things, the $100m in aid will support the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

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