US Provides $808 Million Aid to Syria

United States Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced an additional $808 million in humanitarian assistance to Syria.

According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the humanitarian aid was in response to the Assad regime’s widespread corruption and economic incompetence that has made it difficult for Syrians to meet their basic needs.

The announcement was made during the sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region.”

“We continue to express our gratitude for the continued generosity of host countries and reiterated United States’ commitment to supporting the Syrian people and the communities that host them.  All refugee returns must be voluntary, safe, and dignified,” said Blinken.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), approximately 5.6 million people have fled Syria to seek refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and other countries since the Syrian civil war began in 2011.

Blinken also called on donors to “Support the Syrian people by increasing contributions to both emergency assistance and early recovery to more efficiently and effectively address the humanitarian needs in Syria.”

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